We have all heard of the term being thrown around right? We have all had someone say 'You need to be more mindful'
Today I am going to delve into what Mindfulness is and some of its benefits. I will cover how you can use mindfulness to reduce stress and overwhelm in a future blog post.
Mindfulness is the art of being truly present in the moment, noticing our thoughts, emotions, and environment around us without reacting and being fully swept away by them.
When you practice mindfulness you are free from judgement of self and others, of distraction and racing thoughts.
Now mindfulness isn't just something your practice once or twice a day like movement or meditation it is a way of life, something you can train your brain to do day in day out in order to reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm.
Mindfulness allows us to reconnect body and mind by refocussing our attention to our breath and accepting how we feel in the present moment rather than living life in autopilot and being reactive to whatever life throws our way.
There have even been studies conducted that have scientifically proven that practicing mindfulness for just 10 days can reduce stress by 14% and we all know it can take up to 3 months to form a new habit sustainably.
There are many ways to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life which I will cover in detail in a future blog post, however for now let me summarise some of the base practices:
Focussing attention inward to your breath
Conducting a 'body scan' to notice sensations in your body that could be an indicator of stress
Noticing feelings that come up after a stressful event and showing yourself compassion rather than judgement for these feelings
Meditation & visualisation
Reflection and journaling
I hope you have found this post helpful.
Until next time.