When it comes to taking care of our bodies, we’re on it and know what works best to maintain our healthy, active lifestyles. But taking care of our wellbeing goes beyond the physical. As we rush here, there and everywhere, it’s good to know that there are other ways we can add nourishment, not just for the body, but for the mind and soul too. Mindfulness for health, as well as mindfulness for anxiety, can really help wellbeing for women overall.
The benefits of mindfulness are plenty. Take a look at 5 ways you can practice mindfulness every day:
Breathing. Yep, we do it all day, every day. But have you ever thought about what it actually means to ‘breathe consciously and with purpose’? Take a minute every day when you can to really focus on your breath. Inhale deeply through the nose and out through your mouth, focusing all your attention on the movement and flow of air. Don’t think, just be at one with every breath you take. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Eat & think
It’s all too easy to eat on the run, practically inhaling your food as you go without even giving it a second thought. We’ve all done it, right? But when you sit down with no distractions from a screen or phone, eat slowly and savour every mouthful. This way you’re helping your body appreciate food in the truest sense. Not only that, but you can listen to your body more and know when it is full, meaning you consume less and digest better.
Stop and appreciate more
We don’t do this as often as we should, and yet when we do it can make a big difference to how we think about ourselves and the world around us. So, set yourself a goal to notice three things every day that you feel grateful for, big or small. From having a lovely home to live in, heating that keeps you warm or some green space nearby for a lunchtime stroll. Then really notice and give thanks to how these things enrich your life every day. It doesn’t mean we have to stop aspiring, but it does mean we can acknowledge all the fantastic things we have in the here and now.
Yoga is a great example of mindful movement, as it not only keeps your body active, flexible and strong, but it helps your mind to relax and de-stress. Joining a class is a great way to get your social fix with like-minded people too, a real positive for emotional happiness and wellbeing.
Love your bed
Nothing beats a good night’s sleep, does it? And it’s no wonder that the emotional and physical benefits of getting enough shut eye are uncontested. To achieve those optimum ours a night, set a regular bedtime, turn off all screens and create a relaxing environment. You can then wake up refreshed and ready for some more mindful practices in the day ahead.