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How to Integrate Mindfulness Practices into Your Daily Routine Using Environmental Triggers

Moms don't need more to-dos, which is why these practices are exisiting parts of your day that act as mindfulness cues!

One perk for monks living in actual monasteries (I would presume) is that daily life is innately infused with mindfulness, because everything done is done with the intention of being present and there is no rush in getting to the next thing, you can fully invest in whatever it is you are doing.

Life as a mama monk is not quite the same.

When you are running a household, doing the work of caring for babies and children - it’s a bit hard not to get distracted or be constantly interrupted. Trying to cultivate a mindfulness practice, bring gratitude to the little moments and basically be all zen can feel like another thing on the never ending to do list.

We know it is something beneficial that we should do, but it is figuring out how to fit it in that can trip us up.

This is exactly why I have come up with numerous ways of integrating mindfulness and gratitude practices into my everyday.

Setting Environmental Triggers

An environmental trigger is simply a trigger that comes from your environment. These are super powerful and easy to integrate because they are already in place. So whether you put a certain piece of art on the wall or you have a similar experience on a regular basis, you don’t need to think about or plan on coming in contact with your trigger - it will encounter you.

I use two types of environmental triggers to bring mindfulness into my daily routine: fixed and situational.

A fixed trigger is something in the environment, in this case the home, that when you encounter it stirs you to do a specific thing.

My favorite one is stopping to take 3 mindful breaths each time I see a hummingbird on the feeder. (I’m pretty obsessed with the very Zen one I found!)

A situational trigger is an event or occurrence that will then set the stage for you to perform an intentional act. When choosing situational triggers, an added layer of effectiveness is taking something that generally would bring up negative thoughts or feelings and flipping the script so that it then becomes a positive experience.

My favorite situational trigger is to embody gratitude around one specific thing each time I get a spam phone call.

It is best to start by being dedicated to one specific trigger and really getting that established before layering on more. Using just one or two is extremely doable and will give you noticeable results, more than that and they become overwhelming and hard to stick with.

I hope you can use at least one of the ideas here to add some mindful moments to your day!