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First Steps of Practicing Mindfulness

February 12, 2014

One of the most difficult parts of getting started with any mindfulness practice is beginning the process of initiating a habit and institutionalizing it. In a recent study, researchers found that it takes about 9 weeks of daily practice of any behavior before it can become part of your life or a new habit.

Here are some suggestions if you are planning to take on a new mindfulness practice:

  • Set aside a small amount of time every day that is carved out specifically for this purpose
  • Try to rid yourself of external distractions (e.g., turn off your phone, shut down your computer, close your door, let others around know that you cannot be disturbed during this time)
  • Increase the amount of time that you spend on your practice slowly. Usually you should only increase the time after you have been able to consistently stick to an amount of time for a week or two.
  • When you have a lapse, get right back on the horse the next day with the plan that you had set.

Making it through these first weeks of developing a new mindfulness practice is usually the toughest part. Once you have seen the results and can experience the difference with the practice you will be much more motivated to find the time and integrate the practice into your daily life.

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