As experts further recognize the close relationship between physical and mental well being, the more words you hear like mindfulness and mental wellness. What does this mean? This means you are important. Your whole well being is important, including your mind. Just as you exercise for physical well being, you exercise for mental well being. Besides typical workouts, there are simple and evidence-based methods you use to practice your mindfulness. See these tips below for how you can create more body and mind awareness.
- Breathing: Taking a few deep breaths with a long inhale and exhale can be quite therapeutic. Think about your lungs and your breath as you are taking that long exhale.
- Walking: Walking after a meal can help aid with digestion. If you get into a good habit of taking a short stroll after a heavy meal, you can focus on mindfulness. You can focus on just walking and relaxing without listening to headphones. It is a refreshing challenge. Walk with the purpose of enjoying your walk.
- Eliminating: Elimination of distractions and noise is much easier in theory than reality. If you are starting to feel stressed, think about what is happening at that moment. What are all the factors leading to your chaos and stress? Eliminate them. Simple right? Not if you are knee-deep in dutiful tasks that you must accomplish. But you may be able to eliminate them for 5-10 minutes. Leave for a bathroom break, but slowly walk and perhaps walk longer. Eliminate thoughts as you are walking, try your best to clear your head. A simple 10-minute elimination of thoughts can help your stress level.
- Listening: When you are quiet, you are not necessarily resting. Your mind may be going in 100 different directions. If you are listening to a loved one talk, just listen. Don’t think about what you are wanting to say in response, just focus on what they are saying. Let your mind rest. Not only will your loved one appreciate your undivided attention, but your mind will also appreciate it too.
- Resting: Most Americans live busy lives no matter their occupation or age. Children are over-scheduled with extracurricular activities and many parents and grandparents are overscheduled trying to keep up with their families. There are many other ways one can feel overbooked. Don’t be afraid to take time for yourself or to say no to activities. A quiet afternoon can be very beneficial.