Relax with the Five Senses Mindfulness Exercise.

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Last Updated on: 24th January 2024, 09:20 am

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The five senses mindfulness exercise is a simple but effective practice which involves using our senses to bring us into the present moment and cultivate mindfulness. It can be done anywhere and at any time, which can help us feel more grounded and reduce stress and anxiety.

To begin, find yourself a comfortable and quiet place where you can sit undisturbed for a few minutes. Take a few deep breaths and relax your body.

You are going to focus on each of your senses and notice:

5 things you can see.

Begin by focusing on your sense of sight. Look around you and notice five things that you can see. Take your time and really focus on each object, noticing its shape, colour, and texture.

4 things you can feel.

Next focus on your sense of touch. Notice four things that you can feel, such as the texture of your clothing, the sensation of the air on your skin, or the feeling of the ground beneath your feet.

3 things you can hear.

Move on to your sense of hearing. Listen for three things you can hear. It can be the sound of a bird chirping, the hum of an appliance, or the sound of your own breathing.

2 things you can smell.

Then, focus on your sense of smell. Notice two things that you can smell, such as the scent of a flower, the aroma of food, or the freshness of the air.

1 thing you can taste.

Finally, focus on your sense of taste. Notice one thing that you can taste. It can be a sip of water, toothpaste, or a piece of fruit.

Take a moment to reflect on your experience. Notice how you feel after engaging with each sense.

Do you feel more relaxed or more aware of your surroundings? Hopefully you feel a sense of calm and are ready to move on with your day.

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