Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally bringing our attention to the present moment. Mindfulness allows you to be fully immersed and present in our lives and has immense physical and mental health benefits
Practicing mindfulness daily often leads to increased attention, to improved sense of well-being, and an increase of happiness for many. A consistent mindfulness practice can alleviate anxiety, depression and can be great for decreasing and managing stress.
Practicing gratitude mindfulness at the very start of your day is an amazing way to set the tone of your day. When you awake, pause and take a deep breath. Take a moment to make a mental list of those things and people which you are grateful for.
When you sit down for a meal or snack, take away all distractions. Focus on the experience of eating your food and what’s on your plate. Be curious like a child and really look at your food – the shapes, colors, smells, textures.
Bringing attention to your breath is a great way to reconnect and tune into your body. Notice sensations throughout your body while following the inhale and exhales.
When feeling stressed, mindful movement can be centering. Do some gentle stretching or yoga to relieve tension and stress. Link breath with movement to further facilitate mindfulness.
When looking at your list, take in a deep breath and notice the feelings that arise in your body from examining your list. Are you overwhelmed or excited? Is your heart rate increasing or are your shoulders tensing?
If you toss and turn when they get into bed or have thoughts floating around, a body scan is a wonderful way to bring calm, tune into your body and find relaxation to allow you to fall asleep quicker. Click below to learn more.