Practicing Mindfulness

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Practicing Mindfulness

Helpful ways to keep your focus. Yoga 1 by Now Answer Group on May 21, 2019   What do you think of when you hear the word “mindfulness”? Do you think it’s the act filling your mind with all the tasks you have to do today or a thing hippies do while dancing in a field singing “Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James & The Shondells?   Well, let’s start by pausing for a just second to think. Seriously! Think about how your thought process changes throughout the day. The majority of adults have 1,284,757 things to do during a 24-hour period (more since you’re a business owner) and it’s challenging to stay on track of how you’re truly feeling.   So, why do you need to be concerned with what’s presently going on? Constantly pondering on future events and past thoughts, sort of robs you from what’s going on now. It can affect how you retain the information around you. How many times have you been at a family function in body, but catch yourself possessing a wandering mind? Try to remember what memories do you have of your environment while you were deeply in your thoughts.   Often, individuals are involved in a project, then start spacing out only to come back to reality wondering where on earth their brain went? What were they thinking about? More than likely, it was something regarding a past memory or a future worry. Naturally, looking forward to vacations or other big events will take space in your mind. The goal is to work on being consistently more aware of your current surroundings and periodically check in with them throughout the day.   Making mindfulness a habit can cause a decrease in blood pressure, heart rate, anxiety, pain and more.  

3 HINTS FOR BECOMING MORE MINDFUL:

1. STOP

Really. Just stop what you are doing. You lead a busy life. From the time you wake up until the time you lay back down in bed, your mind and body is very active. How many times have you been involved in an activity and suddenly notice physical pain? Simply, stop. Stop Sign

2. BECOME AWARE

Notice the smells around you and how your body is feeling. Address any pain or sensations your body is feeling. Start looking and examine the beauty near you. Are you outside and feel the wind on your face? Resist having opinions about what you’re thinking. Be present. Be aware. Feel stress free.  Think

3. KEEP PRACTICING

Mindfulness takes practice. You’re solely redirecting your response to stress. Pain can definitely be a distraction from being consciously present, but mindfulness can change your interpretation and intolerance of the agony you’re experiencing. The more you work on mindfulness throughout the day when you are feeling “normal” the quicker your mind will shift your attention from worrying about uncomfortable thoughts to working through them.  Awakening

Resources:

Try a short self-guided mindfulness video.

It doesn’t need to be a long drawn out session. This 3 minute and 11 second video from Linda Hall is a great start and there are many options to choose from on YouTube. Pick a few videos that appeal to you and use them as often as you can.

There’s a app for that. Literally!

Headspace, Calm, and Smiling Mind are fabulous apps that promote mental care. As well as having guided meditation and mindfulness tracks, Smiling Mind has settings to tailor specific age groups.

Live Stress Free

Again, practicing mindfulness will take, well, practice. The beginning practices of mindfulness, you may become anxious and experience tension which can lead to an increase pain. The good news is- the more you work on being mindful, the easier it will become and the easier it will begin to manage mental discomfort. Practicing mindfulness won’t completely remove stress, but will alter your perception of the stress resulting in being able to focus.   Have questions for Charity? Get answers today! THIS WEEK’S TOP STORIES  
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