“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will) :being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won't). -James Baraz
With personal experience, therapy, and extensive research I've come up with a simple "how-to" on being mindful. I live by these statements. Try just one and see how your anxiety lessens, and how being mindful easily improves your mood.
Breathe - I mean, really breathe. With each inhale, feel the air fill your lungs and with every exhale, follow your breath out your body.
Stretch - By doing a full body exam, from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, notice where in your body you are holding any tension. Relieve the tension.
Go Outside - As a kid, I remember looking at the world in such a magical way and somewhere along the way as we aged, we lost that magic. Be with nature and feel the sun beaming on your face. Touch a leaf, and feel the petals of a flower on your fingers. Appreciate how beautiful our world is.
Eat well - Enjoy each bite, savor the taste, and love what you eat. Be mindful of what you fuel your body with, because we are what we eat.
Declutter - We are also what we see and think. Cleaning your physical mess can help you have a clear field of vision, which will help free up the space in our minds.
Stop - Be still for a moment and just be.