Kate James is a coach, meditation teacher, speaker an writer. Through her business, Total balance, she helps clients understand how to make mindfulness part of their everyday lives.

We definitely think Kate has hit the mark on this one... This activity is one of our faves its something quick, simple and highly value adding to your day so give it a go and tell us how you go...

How mindfully are you? Give yourself one point for every 'yes' half a point for every 'maybe' and a zero for every 'no'

  • I'm aware, at least some of the time, of being in the moment.

  • I am aware of my thoughts much of the time

  • I accept that I can't control life, and I know how to let go when things don't go my way

  • I'm okay with not being perfect

  • I make an effort to be compassionate with myself and others

  • I'm okay with having dificult feelings sometimes

  • When something good is happening in my life, I take time to appreciate it before moving onto the next thing.

  • I noticed changes in my body when my emotions change, like my heart racing all my muscles tensing if I feel stressed.

  • I occasionally spend time alone to take stock of what's important.

  • When I'm walking outside I'm aware of my surroundings.

  • I know how to fully experience my senses.

  • I listen to my intuition.

  • When I eat, I really taste my food, and I only eat until I'm full.

  • I am a good listener.

  • I am able to take care of myself as well as I take care of others.

  • I know how to forgive myself and other people when things have gone wrong.

  • I feel confident about the way I manage the practical aspects of my life such, as my career, my finances and my living environment

  • I'm a conscious choices about how I treat the environment.

  • I'm able to balance enjoying the here and now with mindfully planning for the future

  • I'm able to accept that life will be a mix of challenges and happy experiences

15 over, you're more mindful than most people.

Anywhere between 10 and 15 your going okay but you could do with a more positive change

Anything below 10 you might benefit from re-evaluating

Here is an activity to consciously live more mindfully.

  • Begin to observe yourself throughout the day.

  • Set an alarm on your phone to sound every two hours over the next couple of days

  • When the alarm goes off check in and observe yourself as though from a distance

  • Check your posture, stress levels and your mood are you being mindful or mindless in your approach to your day and the people around you

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