Each time we use our sense of smell, sight, touch, taste, or hearing to fully experience the moment, we feel more grounded and joyful.
Post Updated 5/20/2021
Mindfulness is a self-care practice that helps us engage in activities wholeheartedly, have a greater capacity to recover from adversity, and show up for ourselves and life as it unfolds.
Awesome Ideas to Help Us Use Our 5 Senses for Mindfulness
If we feel anxious, afraid, or stressed we may not notice our breath is shallow.
Nonetheless, our brain translates this emotional reaction as a threat. It triggers fast, flight or fight breathing to drive oxygen to our muscles to prepare for battle or escape.
To regain equilibrium, we can learn ways to override this automatic reaction and take back our serenity.
Here are several deep breathing techniques from Web MD to help us reduce stress and relax.
Our sense of smell can be our most powerful "sense-asset."
It alerts us to offensive and dangerous odors including a gas leak, fire, or rotten food.
It also sends messages to parts of the brain that process emotion and memory.
Our sense of smell allows us to get pleasure from the intoxicating aroma of freshly baked bread, salty sea air, and orange blossoms.
Our nose knows. Our sense of smell helps us recall people, things, or experiences.
For example, getting a whiff of a loved one's signature perfume or after shave, or smelling the aroma of popcorn, wood, or pine needles can jolt our memory of things that happened many years ago.
As a key element of human and animal survival, a keen sense of smell enables living things to track food and water, find a mate, and even communicate with others of its species.
Savor the Flavor
Read Key Reasons to Eat Mindfully and Tips to Succeed for more.
Tune in to Touch
Our sense of touch helps us communicate through non-verbal expression, either by touching or not touching each other in various ways.
Touch may be the most primal or basic form of relating, and is the way things are introduced to infants, even before infants have learned anything about other modes of communication.
See with Wonder
Focus on it and imagine you are seeing this item for the very first time.