When all the stress and anxiety of our day-to-day lives starts to catch up with us, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Luckily, there’s a great tool for dealing with those pressures and preventing them from building up: practicing mindfulness.
The benefits of mindfulness
Mindfulness is the active practice of being present in the moment. It means clearing your mind of judgment or reactions to the past, present, or future. Mindfulness sessions of any length can help reduce stress, lower anxiety, even manage chronic pain. It works to support your parasympathetic nervous system (which controls the body’s responses while at rest), and has been shown to increase energy levels as well. But, the best part is that it’s easy for anyone to incorporate mindfulness into their daily routine.
If you practice yoga, you may already be familiar with mindfulness practices. Yoga incorporates many mindfulness exercises like controlled, focused breathing, but you don’t have to enter a studio or stretch out on a mat to practice mindfulness. You can introduce mindfulness into almost any moment of your day. Here are a few easy mindfulness exercises you can try.
Comma exercise: Just like a comma in a sentence, this is about taking a tiny break during your day to clear your mind and be present in the moment. It works best after you finish one activity and before you begin another, and it can last for as little as a few seconds to a few minutes. It might be a quiet moment between meetings or an interlude after your commute to work.
Box breathing exercise: This simple breathing exercise is a great way to clear your mind during a busy day. Start by breathing in while counting to four. Then, hold your breath for a count of four before breathing out, again to a count of four. Complete a few rounds and, when you’re ready, get back to your day and your next activity.
Want more tips on incorporating mindfulness practices into your daily routine? Your Vera Whole Health coach can help. Make an appointment today and talk to them about incorporating mindfulness methods that would work well for you.