Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen have some great suggestions for your daily mindfulness routine.
While we are all stuck at home because of the current situation, it is all too easy to slip into a state of stress and mindlessness.
To counteract this, it is important to develop a daily mindfulness routine that helps you stay calm and focused at home.
I previously wrote about the 40 best mindfulness activities. In that article I shared lots of ways that you can practice mindfulness at home throughout the day.
Mindfulness, the simple practice of focusing the mind on the present moment (similar to meditation) has been shown to have many psychological and physical health benefits, not least of which is the fact that it reduces stress and anxiety.
Originally developed in Buddhism, mindfulness is now a scientific health practice used mostly for mental health. And many doctors have added their own ideas and suggestion for making mindfulness more effective.
The latest doctors to chime in on mindfulness are Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen.
Dr. Oz is the famous man behind the Dr. Oz show, who offers advice on everything from weight loss to relationships. Dr. Roizen is an award winning author and wellness officer at Cleveland Clinic. He is famous for develop the RealAge concept.
Together, Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen have come up with a list of suggestions for your daily mindfulness routine.
Drs. Oz and Roizen’s Suggestions for a Daily Mindfulness Routine
Dr. Oz. and Roizen’s suggestions aren’t based on typical meditation techniques [READ: 31 meditation techniques], but instead are more down-to-Earth everyday practices that help us to stay mindful.
Here are their fifteen suggestions.
- Practice mindfulness [Read: Beginners mindfulness guide]
- Get a massage.
- Do yoga
- Eat lunch outside [preferably practicing mindful eating]
- Take a hike in the woods.
- Sit by a fire.
- Walk the dog.
- Knit or crochet.
- Take up pottery.
- Savor a cup of tea.
- Keep a daily journal.
- Watch a sunrise or sunset.
- Float in a pool.
- Your favourite activity (that makes time melt away).
Why These Mindfulness Routines?
You might wonder how Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen came up with this list. After all, it’s not like drinking a cup of tea is a form of meditation (unless you do it mindfully, of course).
Actually, each of the suggestions are based on real science. For instance, taking a hike in the woods is scientifically proven to calm the mind (as are other forms of nature-exposure). It stems from the Japanese practice of of shinrin-yoku (nature therapy / forest bathing). And art is proven to be one of the best hobbies for mental health.
These activities also remind us that we do not need to actually meditate in order to practice mindfulness. It is entirely possible to develop mindfulness without meditation.
What really matters for your daily mindfulness routine is to find some time to practice activities or hobbies that you personally find relaxing and that help you to return to a state of mindful consciousness. Even if you can only manage 20 minutes a day of mindful activity, it will still go a long way towards helping you to remain calm and relaxed, especially in these trying time.
What is your personal mindfulness routine, and what mindful activities would you recommend?
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