Mindfulness

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Do you know that it is estimated that we have an average of 3000 thoughts per hour..

That is a lot of thoughts, and unfortunately many of them are negative.

When you are in stress your body is in alert, and your brain is working in overload.

We become overwhelmed by the constant flow of thoughts, feelings and get confused and stressed.

Our brain needs to have some rest, we need to train ourselves to slow the brain down.

By introducing Mindfulness techniques into our daily lives we can help reduce the clutter.

So what is Mindfulness??

Mindfulness involves paying attention to something in a particular way, on purpose, and to be in the present moment.

All sorts of everyday activities can help you achieve mindfulness. Brushing your hair or cleaning your teeth can turn into a mindfulness exercise.

When brushing your hair, take notice of how the brush feels through your hair or While cleaning your teeth, concentrate on the circular movements of the brush and how your teeth feel while you are cleaning them.

The important step to simple mindfulness exercises is to do something that will help you switch off, to concentrate on a task and not overthink the task.

Mindfulness Techniques:

Being Mindful involves bringing your attention back to your attention, over and over again. For example

Deep Breathing:

Concentrating on your breathe, how it fills when you fill your lungs with air and then again how it feels when you exhale.

Most people are aware of how important it is to concentrate on our breathing through a stressful situation. To make it a mindfulness technique, all you need to do is concentrate on your breath and how your body feels with each breathe…

Mindful Movements is one of the modalities that are included in our Zen Zone program, deep breathing exercises are used throughout the session along with slow mindfulness movements. And one of my favourite exercises that I use often to calm myself is “Pulling down the heavens”

This simple but effective technique can help you to re-centre yourself, help you to relax and calm the mind.

HOBBIES

Recently I have been reading a book by Dr Stan Rodski – The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

In the book he talks about the importance of hobbies and how repetitive tasks performed with focus and attention are mindfulness techniques. Knitting, Gardening, Colouring In…

Hobbies can not only quieten our noisy thought processes but they can also help you to relax and improve your outlook on life.

Why are Mindfulness activities important?

The key to making these Mindfulness activities a positive impact on the brain is to “focus on the process and not on the outcome”. You need to pick an activity that you love, don’t put any pressure on yourself for it to be perfect. Just be in the moment. Bringing daily mindfulness rituals into your life are important to your mental wellbeing.

Recently I was listening to a podcast and one of the things that they said truly stuck with me:

We are now living longer due to medical science and how we all understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle with healthy nutrition and exercise. Unfortunately with all the daily overloads our brain is not keeping up, and in some incidents, our brain gives in before our body does.

By no means do doctors, scientist or psychologists link all health problems to the mind, but they can confidently say that the state of our mind is a link to many of our medical conditions.

Mindfulness can start with just 5 minutes a day, remember your mental health matters and it is time for you to start taking care of your mental well being.

 

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Jo's goal is to empower people to take control of their own mental wellbeing through movement and mindfulness techniques, and to help put The “ZEN” back into their Zone!


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