As we are all recommended to take the necessary health precautions such as washing your hands and being cautious of those who are sick, we want to help you find moments of mindfulness!
For example, washing your hands is a perfect time to practice mindfulness and truly giving your mind a chance to settle any distractions or restless thoughts.
The next time you find yourself at the sink, try to really feel the water on your skin. Listen to the sound of the water finding your hands and notice the temperature. Bring your attention to the soap on your skin, making sure you cover the entirety of both hands. Under the nails, around every crevice and part of the palms. How does the soap and water feel on your skin? Does the soap have a nice scent? Once you’ve lathered the soap around your hands and you’re ready to rinse, give your full attention to the feeling of the water running on your skin and the sensations of each of your hands.
As you reach to turn the tap off, look closely at the motion of your hand, at the metal of the faucet and the stillness of the sink once the water is turned off. Once the tap is no longer running, find your towel and feel the textures of the material. Take notice of all the movements and motions of your hands as they dry.
Another exercise that we can recommend is to avoid touching your face with your hands. Being mindful of the movements of your body and the space you’re in bring self-awareness and limits the contact of your eyes, nose, and mouth with the many surfaces we touch in a day.
We encourage everyone to stay healthy and mindful each and every day and hope you’ll include practices of mindfulness whenever possible!