Mindfulness is one of the hottest wellness trends, but what does it mean to live mindfully? A popular way to explain it is paying attention to the present moment without judgment. Sounds simple enough, right? But mindful living isn’t something you tick off your to-do list; it’s a journey and requires a moment-by-moment focus.

That’s why they call it practice—staying in the moment is something you’ll always work on. If you’re looking for ways to be more mindful in your life, we’ve got you covered.

Tips for being mindful

Think of mindfulness like a muscle that you exercise—the more you work out, the easier it gets. Since this practice is all about being present and judgment free, don’t expect perfection right away. Pick a place to start and get to it with these simple mindfulness tips.

“You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day–unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.” 

-Zen proverb

Meditate

Meditation is concentrated mindfulness where you sit quietly and observe your thoughts. But how much meditation is enough? An old Zen proverb offers this prescription: “You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day—unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”

All jokes aside, there’s no set amount of time. The important thing is to find what works for you. Even one minute of meditation helps you stay mindful. If you’re new to meditation, use these ideas to get started.

  • Just breathe. Instead of focusing on clearing your mind, try taking a few deep, deliberate breaths periodically throughout your day.
  • Scan your body. Each hour, notice any tension and release it—unclench your jaw, shake out your shoulders, and relax your neck.
  • Perfect your practice. Get some pointers in our beginner’s guide to meditation.
  • Set the scene. Cue your mind that it’s time to meditate with a diffuser blend you use only during your practice—we suggest the grounding, calming aromas of Frankincense, Lavender, and Cypress.
3 drops frankincense, 3 drops lavender, 3 drops cypress