By Coach Meredith
This week let’s get a little peace of mind. Mindfulness is an important part of our health and well-being. It is something I personally have been trying to implement in my life and I think you should too. It helps us to engage in our senses and relieve our anxiety as well as give us mental clarity. We all already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. There are simple ways we can become more mindful throughout our day and not let the stressors of our lives take over. This doesn’t just mean meditation, but it can be a form of it.
For example, simply notice and experience things as they are, without reacting to or judging them. This is an option if you have a hard time sitting still or focusing on your breath which is the typical activity for mindfulness. Focusing on the senses can be an effective way to redirect attention from negative self-talk, fears, and doubts to help create some distance from those anxious, repetitive thoughts.
Here are some steps you can take to become more mindful:
The idea is to be in the moment and become aware of your surroundings and emotions. BUT! Do not act on those emotions. Direct your focus back to your breath and use your surroundings as a focal point. Remember mindfulness is paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally experiencing one moment to the next. It can aid in decreasing anxiety and reducing stress or depression. Some good apps for mindfulness that lead you through short breathing activities are: Headspace, Calm, Mindfulness Daily and Smiling Mind. For our mental well-being, I recommend everyone take 5 minutes of their day to become more mindful.
If you have any questions or would like more information on mindfulness or meditation, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Have a mindful week all!