How can teens practice mindful living?

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Gina M. Biegel
Psychology

People often do things without being fully present, as if they were on automatic pilot. Living this way, they cheat themselves out of many moments in their lives. Trying to bring conscious awareness to your body and mind while remaining aware of the task you are engaging in will allow you to experience life more fully. Paying attention to your five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell) in your daily tasks can help you be aware in the present moment.

Below is a list of some daily tasks that you can bring mindful awareness to:

  • waking up
  • brushing your teeth
  • showering
  • shaving
  • brushing your hair
  • getting dressed
  • tying your shoes
  • washing your hands
  • eating
  • walking to class
  • shopping
  • dancing
  • riding in a car
  • working out
  • folding laundry
  • taking out the garbage
  • washing dishes
  • cleaning your room
  • being with friends or family
  • writing
  • journaling
  • drawing
  • playing a musical instrument
  • playing a sport
  • getting into bed
  • going to sleep
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