This is a work in progress. I use the Calm app, which has been a great investment. I set aside five minutes in the morning and before bed to reflect and run through one of the short, guided meditations.
—Ryan Bradley, partner at Koester & Bradley
I regularly take time to be present, in my business as well as in my personal life. Mindfulness and presence are important to overall satisfaction in life. It’s important to take time to yourself to maintain sanity. For me, exercise, and in particular, long-distance running, as well as soccer, keep me sane. Without that me time to unwind, staying focused can be difficult.
—Michael Ogletree, co-founder of OpenTrainer
I practice mindfulness by getting outside. The act of walking, breathing and being present in nature is very powerful for me and keeps me centered. It helps me keep my mind clear, focus my priorities and manage my stress. Some of my best ideas and solutions have come to me when I am most present.
—Tina Hay, CEO of Napkin Finance
I practice mindfulness through meditation, yoga, turning off my phone and trying to remind myself daily of what I’m grateful for in my life.
—Samantha Fishbein, co-founder, COO, Betches LLC
Mindfulness is a part of my daily morning routine—I consider it to be one of the most important things I can do with my day. My routine consists of three parts: five-to-seven minutes of silent meditation; 20-30 minutes of guided meditation; and spending time in nature every day—even if it’s only for 10 minutes. This routine allows me to connect with myself and nature as well as be fully engaged in the present.
—Brooke Peterson, co-founder, Causely
This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.