In our fast-paced, technology-and-media-driven world, it’s easy to feel overstimulated and out of control.
We have access to more information than ever before but, we aren’t taught how to sort through and manage it so that we don’t become overwhelmed.
Thankfully, mindfulness gives us powerful, time-tested tools we can use to cultivate self awareness and acceptance.
By practicing mindfulness, we become more resilient and adaptable, so that we can respond intentionally, instead of reacting out of habit.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness refers to our capacity to be completely present in each moment, without judging, labeling or reacting to our thoughts and experiences.
Every human has this ability.
It is simple, but it isn't necessarily easy. It take a conscious intention to be more aware and it often requires us to slow down a bit.
Mindfulness practices refer to the ways people exercise this ‘mindfulness muscle.’
It’s the practice of putting a different lens on everyday tasks. To be more aware of when you tense your shoulders while preparing dinner or to notice your thoughts while in a conversation with a loved one. And when you are more aware, your perspective shifts, and your mindfulness becomes a self care practice.
Mindfulness can look like meditation or breathwork, but those are just additional strategies for becoming more aware in each present moment.
A mindfulness practice can take many forms but the philosophy behind most have roots in ancient Eastern traditions, particularly Buddhism and Yoga. Now, we can scientifically prove that a mindful perspective shift has massive mental health benefits.
How Mindfulness Reduces Anxiety
Mindfulness allows individuals to observe their anxious thoughts and physical sensations without becoming entangled in them. This distance from our anxiety is liberating. It empowers us to recognize that we are not our thoughts or emotions, and we have the capacity to choose how we respond to them.
Mindfulness offers a ray of hope. By grounding us in the present moment, mindfulness helps us quiet anxious thoughts and deal with reality as it is, without worrying about what we think reality should be.
Instead of getting lost in the "what-ifs," we learn to accept our feelings without judgment and focus on something that we can control, like our intentions and our breath.
How Mindfulness Increases Satisfaction and Happiness of Life
Mindfulness can guide us by helping us savor the simple pleasures of life and cultivate gratitude.
When we're not rushing, worrying or ruminating, we can be more fully present. This allows us to appreciate the beauty in everyday moments. This heightened awareness of life's small joys can significantly boost our quality of life.
By fostering self-awareness and self-compassion, mindfulness enables us to better manage our emotional responses and build resilience in the face of adversity.
A mindfulness practice can quickly become part of your daily routine, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. It’s just another small thing you choose to do each day to set yourself up for success. What matters is how you do it.
How to Start Practicing Mindfulness
Set an intention:
Begin with a task you do everyday - like brushing your teeth. Set an intention to brush your teeth slower, so you can be more aware of how you go through the motions of teeth brushing. Once you get good at being present while brushing your teeth, try adding mindfulness to another daily task, like eating breakfast or taking a walk.
Your breath is always with you. So becoming more aware of how you are breathing is an extremely effective way to cultivate the practice of mindfulness. Start by simply observing your breath as it goes in and out. The breath is an excellent anchor for your awareness. When your mind wanders, gently bring your focus back to your breath. Start with a minute a day, then gradually increase. If you want to learn more about how to begin a breathwork practice, click here. Or follow-along with this 2 Minute Daily Breathing Practice.
Practice eating without distractions. Savor each bite, and pay attention to the flavors and textures of your food.
Keep a journal where you write down three things you're grateful for each day. You’ll be amazed how fast you cultivate a more positive outlook on life.
By embracing the present moment and letting go of judgment, we can all alleviate anxiety, enhance our mental health, and find joy in the simplest of things. Embark on a journey of self-discovery and start incorporating mindfulness into your self care routine today. Your future self will thank you for it.
Hi I’m Jessi,
For the past 10 years, I’ve been helping people of all ages & fitness levels reframe their relationship with movement. As a Holistic Fitness Trainer, I not only train people’s bodies, I also help them shift their mindsets to see movement as a tool for mental well being & physical vitality.
My goal is to provide accessible health & fitness content in a welcoming space. I simplify how the body works to help you stay active & injury-free.
There is no one-size-fits-all, but there are building blocks that we all can use to better understand what our body needs, so we can design movement regimens that work for each of us.
My coaching style focuses on strong foundations of body awareness & stabilization. I combine techniques from Yoga, Pilates, Strength Training, Massage Therapy & Mindfulness to craft well thought out & customized training plans to support all clients.