Take a break and nurture your mind and body
Try some mindfulness activities to give yourself the best chance to succeed.
Mindfulness is the practice of intentionally focusing on the present moment through mindful awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body and our surrounding environment.
It’s about taking a break from your busy life, and giving yourself time to pause, relax and appreciate the present.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Reduces depressive symptoms
- Reduces negative thoughts
- Improves memory
- Improves focus and concentration
- Greater cognitive flexibility
- Enhances feelings of gratitude and contentment
- Helps you feel connected to others
- Improves emotional intelligence and emotion regulation
- Improves overall health and wellbeing
- Improves sleep
- Improves ability to relate to others and oneself with kindness, acceptance and compassion
- Relationship satisfaction
You can achieve mindfulness through various mindful activities and techniques like meditation, colouring in, journalling, walking, yoga, breathing exercises and experiencing nature.
Mindful eating means paying attention to your food while eating. It is not a diet – rather, it focuses on the eating process instead of the outcome. This approach creates sensual awareness of your eating experience, as well as your food and body's response to it. This means that mindful eating focuses on internal hunger cues rather than external cues.
Examples of mindful eating include listening to your hunger cues and only eating until you’re full, eating slowly and without distractions, appreciating your food, focusing on how food makes your body feel, engaging your senses by noticing colors, smells, sounds, textures, and flavors and not being overwhelmed by guilt or anxiety about eating.
Benefits of mindful movement:
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Increases overall wellbeing and cognitive function
- Lifts your mood
- Improves your focus
- Improved relaxation and sleep
Avoid unnecessary stress
- It’s okay to say no
- Avoid people that stress you out
- Take control of your environment
Alter the situation
- Express or assert yourself
- Don’t be afraid to compromise
- Find balance
Adapt to the stressor
- Look at the big picture
- Adjust your standards and/or the picture
- Practice gratitude
Accept things that can't be changed
- Uncontrollable things cannot be controlled
- Use the experience for personal growth
- Forgive and move on
How to incorporate some mindfulness into your life
- Painting or drawing
- Take a break from technology
- Spend time in nature
- Mindful journalling
- Mindful breathing or meditation
- Listen to relaxing music
- Mindful reading
- Practice self care
- Spend time with a pet
|Let your artistic juices flow||Turn off that tech||Grow your green thumb|
|Put it down on paper||And... relax||Let the notes wash over you|
|Put your nose in a book||Look after yourself first||Purrrfectly pawfect time|