Health & Well-Being - Mindfulness

 

 

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is about being aware of the present moment. To be present in the current moment without judging your thoughts or emotions. It gives the opportunity to experience every moment of life consciously, in a more intense and clear way. We, humans, are mostly living on autopilot, going to work every day, driving to the supermarket, brushing our teeth in the evening, watching the same show at the same time every day. When being mindful, you choose to switch off the autopilot and focus on the present moment. The inner focus changes from the out to the inside. It basically means taking a moment just for yourself. Without distraction or unconscious behavior. To really experience your surroundings, your inner state of being, and the thought popping into your head.

How to practice mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is easier than you think. Let’s say for example you are on a walk in a forest. Stand still for a moment or sit down. Close your eyes if you want or focus on the beauty of nature. Don’t use your phone or any other distractions. Take a deep breath in, hold it for a few seconds, and then release a longer breath out. Focus on your breath and on this present moment. Don’t judge emotions and thoughts popping up, thank them for being there and welcome them. Just stay like this for a couple of minutes or how long it feels comfortable for you. Most of the time you can feel your heart rate slowing down, and your body and mind getting calmer. Mindfulness trains you to return to your inner focus and connection. The most natural thing that we just forgot.

Mindfulness and mental health

Mindfulness is essential for mental health. Whilst being mindful you learn to check in with your body, mind, and soul. Acknowledging any pain, discomfort, or negative emotions. By acknowledging what is going on you can release it. Which kind of cleans your system and helps your mental health. You also learn to not judge yourself and your inner parts. We usually try to push tough emotions or thoughts away, which will only give them more power. The secret key to mental health is welcoming them. Looking at it without judgment. After that, it is possible to free whatever is stuck in your system which prevents issues like depression or anxiety. Learn how to use mindfulness in your daily life by booking a coaching session with me. We will train together to have a judgmental-free connection to yourself.