Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment. Practicing mindfulness involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and mind and help reduce stress.
Now that mindfulness has hit the mainstream, it’s been defined in a variety of ways: moment-to-moment awareness, being in the here and now, relaxing fully into the present. And somewhere along the way we’ve come to equate mindfulness with “good feeling” emotions such as joy, relaxation, and happiness.
Over the previous two days we have looked at Physical Fitness and the importance of Nutrition. This then brings us on to todays topic. Mindfulness and our Mental Fitness.
This is so important to living a happy and healthy life. We can put the hard work in physically, we can eat all the right food, we can keep hydrated but we can still feel down, stressed, depressed, worthless and any other negative feeling or sensation.
This then starts entering the realm of Well-being, Mindfulness, Mental Fitness. Who are we when we are just by ourselves in our own bodies. What do we think about? How do we genuinely feel? What stresses do we have to contend with?
We need this ‘triangle’ of elements in our lives in order to feel great, look great and be ready to take life on. When I say ‘triangle’ of elements I mean;
Each is as important as the other and by neglecting any of them has a negative impact across the board. We must be aware of all three and work on them simultaneously. This may seem daunting but in truth they all interconnect and as we work on one you will generally find the other two are automatically impacted.
The one we usually start with is Physical Fitness. We look at ourselves each day and we are either happy with what we see or we are not. If we decide to try and alter our physical appearance as we undertake the physical fitness to do this we generally begin to eat slightly better mainly because we know we should. By doing some physical fitness and eating slightly better and making better life choices we then start feeling better inside. It may only be very subtle but we will begin to have more confidence day to day, sleeping better, sharper focus and mental clarity.
This is all great news but in order to keep this going we need to take action and specifically start targeting our well-being. A very useful tool to do this is Mindfulness and Meditation. It is not all about sitting cross-legged and humming. It is merely the practice of being more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.
Taking the time out to be in the moment. You may try some breathing techniques or simply just close your eyes and experience whatever is happening at that exact time.
Mindfulness is not thinking about the past, it is not thinking about the future. It is just about being present in that exact moment. The best way to start is with guided meditations that just gently guide you through a timed session.
Giving yourself 5 minutes or 10 minutes a day can be life changing and can help begin to deal with stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, fatigue and many other daily problems that may grip our lives in a negative way.
I will discuss mindfulness a lot more within Active-Rest. It is a habit that needs daily practice much like physical training and nutrition. We have to change our daily habits and replace bad ones with good ones. This takes time and patience but is worth it for the results.
Once you join I have many ways of improving your mindfulness and general well-being including Habit Coaching with daily meditation videos to help you achieve your well-being goals.