Mindfulness helps you to observe, and be present in your daily living. Mindfulness is a foundation to increasing self-compassion. Want to be nicer to you?
Mindfulness provides us with an understanding that pain is inevitable as part of living. However, if we learn to mindfully be present with our emotions it can reduce our suffering.
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Research has shown there are many benefits to mindfulness practices, including if it's even 5 minutes a day. Can you start with the small step of 2 deep breathing cycles per day?
Forest bathing, or sitting/standing in the forest, is helpful to soothe and calm us. Being present in nature, focusing on your 5 senses with mindfulness helps to provide stress relief.
Mindfulness induces a relaxed state. It activates our parasympathetic nervous system. That turns on digestion, lowering heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and quieting the mind.
Mindfulness helps us pause before reacting to our emotional urges to behave in a way we may later feel guilty or ashamed about.
Mindfulness helps us improve the connection between mind body. It increases our awareness, and the communication to different parts of the brain.
Mindfulness can be broken down into 3 parts. OBSERVE what you feel, DESCRIBE without judgment, thoughts, feelings, experiences you have, PARTICIPATE, how will you choose to react to the thoughts, feelings, situation?
Check out this sample guided mindfulness meditation.
Focusing on breath patterns, body scans, and letting go of negative energy, your endless worry, the tension and stress in your body. Inhale peace, exhale let go of anxiety.
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Engaging your 5 senses, and preparing your body to eat with relaxation breathing exercises to can enhance your digestion.
Try also taking 3 deep breath cycles, before beginning to eat your meal. By anchoring deep breathing exercises and mindfully scanning your body before eating at each meal it can help you develop a relaxation routine, and help prepare your body prepare to digest your meal, as it's in a more relaxed state. Start practicing mindfulness today.
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Mindfulness & Self-Compassion practices help reduce stress. Curious to learn more?
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