Is mindfulness worth all the hype?
Being more mindful and present is something that is being talked about more and more in the health & fitness industry… why?
You may be thinking I’m not into that woo woo, hippie type stuff Kelsey- I can’t even sit in line without scrolling or being distracted with the future how do you expect me to practice sitting in silence or undistracted?
Let me share with you a few benefits of mindfulness then if you’d like to try it below are exercises you can try out.
“By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.”
* Higher brain functioning
* Increased immune function
* Lowered blood pressure
* Lowered heart rate
* Improve sleep
* Increased awareness, attention and focus
* Increased clarity in thinking and perception
* Lowered anxiety & depression levels
* Experience of being calm and internally still
* Experience of feeling connected
Gaining these benefits can be as simple as closing your eyes and being silent for a few minutes a day. This is a practice that is so easy, anyone can do it!
Exercises to try on your own:
* Daily Devotion: Spending 10-20 mins on your daily devotion, journaling or quiet time w/o distractions
* Go with the flow: While driving turn the radio off and listen to your thoughts
* Stay in the present: Breathe in through your nose, allowing the air into your lower belly let your abdomen expand fully and now breathe through your mouth-proceed with the task at a slow pace. Engage your senses fully.
* Mindfulness Meditation: following your breath for 5:00 with your eyes closed. Think belly rise then belly fall.
* Mantra Meditation: Sit with your eyes closed and repeat a mantra for 5-10 mins eg: Healthy mind happy body
* Guided Meditation: Download the app: Headspace and dedicated 5-10 mins before bed to this exercise
Above all, mindfulness practice involves accepting whatever arises in your awareness at each moment. It involves being kind and forgiving toward yourself.
Some tips to keep in mind:
* Gently redirect. If your mind wanders into planning, daydream, or criticism, notice where it has gone and gently redirect it to sensations in the present.
* Try and try again. If you miss your intended meditation session, you simply start again.
By practicing accepting your experience during meditation, it becomes easier to accept whatever comes your way during the rest of your day.
Do you have any daily practices that you do to relieve stress?