Practicing mindfulness is harder than it sounds.

Life is busy. And often, work and distractions take precedent over self-care. But like any muscle, we can strengthen our mindfulness routine through daily practice. Need some suggestions? Illustrator and pattern designer, Oris Eddu, illustrated five easy ways to prevent burnout and keep your mental health on track!

1. Quiet your mind

Take some time to sit in stillness. Meditate, connect with yourself and try to focus only on your breath for at least ten minutes every day.

2. Practice loving-kindness toward yourself

Carve out time to give your body some attention. Do a spa day! Go for a manicure, pedicure or massage. And repeat positive, affirming words to yourself.

3. Surround yourself with meaningful things

Be aware of who and what holds your attention the most. Spend time around people who lift your spirits and things that bring peace and calm to your life.

4. Do a brain dump

Get a piece of paper and pen and free write—whatever comes out. There’s no wrong way! Declutter your thoughts and let it all spill out onto the page. (And don’t forget to breathe.)

5. Go outside. Have fun.

Go to the beach or the park. (Green spaces are so good for our brains!) Watch the clouds. Take deep breaths, in and out. And just enjoy everything nature has to offer.