Mindfulness Is More Than Meditation
National Mindfuless Day!
We want to share with you the many wellness benefits people experience from having a mindfulness practice and share with you easy ways to get started.
“Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience,”
as opposed to letting life pass you by.
More than just a way to relax, mindfulness is receiving recognition for its effectiveness in creating a peak performance mindset. Widely used by elite athletes, it is increasingly being adopted by c-suite managers as a contemplation skill to increase resilience, reduce stress, and regain clarity and focus. Adopting daily mindfulness proactive allows you to strengthen your capacity to face adversity with greater mental composure and emotional stability.
The positive results of countless studies have found strong positive implications for using mindfulness training to improve emotional and mental responses to everyday stressors.
Yes, when kids-teens learn mindfulness practices, they thrive! Click to see more.
Additional benefits of having a daily mindfulness practice include:
Increased well-being and perceived health
Lessen worry and chronic stress
Helps to deal with chronic pain, eating disorder, addictions
Sleep more soundly
Fewer negative feelings, such as tension, anger, and depression
Helps to cultivate emotional intelligence, focus, concentrate, creativity, and productivity
Mindfulness can literally rewire your brain!
Now you see it’s a no-brainer to include MINDFULNESS PRACTICES in your day…
but how do you do it?
Mindfulness is an active process -- in one's head -- which means that mindfulness can be done anywhere, like at your desk, walking the dog or cooking dinner, and at any time.
While meditation and yoga are well-known mindfulness tools, you can achieve mindful movements throughout the day. Here’s a simple way to start right now.
Sit or find calmness in your body. You can walk during this practice.
Set a time limit such as 2 to 15 minutes (setting an alarm helps)
Breathe deeply feeling every cell of your being relax and your heartbeat slow
Look inside- become aware of your body and emotions
Notice anything that is happening in or around you in the present moment
Observe your 5 senses one at a time (i.e. hear the bird chirp or feel the breeze)
Notice your wondering mind & return to a present moment observation
Great job. Don’t worry if you “can’t do it” at first. Setting the intention & doing the steps is a great start. Each day, you will make progress.
Contributing author: Krista Inochvosky, certified mindfulness life coach, founder of M:POWERED Mindfulness for Teens, Tweens, and Parents, the only in-person enrichment program in Central Florida designed for middle-schoolers, high-schoolers and parents who are eager to learn how mindfulness practices can help them achieve greater success in academics, arts, and/ or athletics and give them a greater sense of ease, self-confidence, self-assuredness and communication skills.
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