Mindfulness may seem like the most ‘hip’ word right now.
If you are an anxious being like me that tries to keep busy all the time even when your on a break mindfulness may not seem like something you would ever enjoy or even do. I personally have always been the opposite of mindful. Clumsy, distracted and a huge multi tasker.
It wasn’t until my first anxiety attack I realized I had to change something. I guess for me that scared me enough to want to change but I also was over always feeling rushed and overwhelmed.
First lets understand what mindfulness means.
Dictionary definition of mindfulness;
- a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
- the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
Quite simply mindfulness can be simple, and it is quite literally just being present in the moment of now.
How will mindfulness help me and what with? I can’t exactly tell you what it may help you with because it is very indvidual but for me this what I experienced;
- Less stressed which helped almost my WHOLE health- mentally and phsysically
- Increased happiness
- Feeling of calm
- No anxiety
- Clearer mind and more focused in everyday tasks
- increased productivity
- No upper body tension, injuries or sore necks
- No Headaches
- Increased energy
- Better relationships
Sounds amazing right… How do I start? Especially if I could never see myself meditating?
I personally have done a fair few mindfulness techniques and even participated in a few Vipassana courses which was 10 days of complete silence, no reading, talking or writing, 2 main meals a day breakfast and lunch and meditating from 4am to 9pm. BUT it doesn’t have to be that. The hardest transition is going from this to a busy lifestyle again with responsibilities. I have found different ways to make sure I practice mindfulness every. Some weeks I forget, and I can tell straight away my neck starts hurting, headaches reoccur, and I have way more tension around my upper back and neck. I like things that are simple so below I have added in mindfulness exercises that are simple and can be done from anywhere. So, you don’t need “time” you just need to be present. I warn you at first and even when I haven’t done the practice in a while your mind WILL wander, thoughts will come in and thoughts will leave. It is about drawing the attention back to the present breath or moment. Please remember this is a practice which means when done regularly this is when you will truly feel a difference. Here are some practices I practice
- Mindfulness breathing; sitting upright for 5 – 10 minutes before bed and observing your breath. Every time your mind wonders come back to your breath. Your inhalation to your exhalation. Observe without reaction. When I feel an itch I observe it without scratching it. Watch the sensations come and go.
- Mindfulness whilst driving; Turn off the music and feel the steering wheel, the seat you are on, your back muscles on the seat and be aware of all of your surroundings. Completely. This is not always easy when you do the same route every single day but what a difference it makes when you are actually there with it in that moment. You can do this with all tasks. Focus on getting your breath to your belly.
- Moving mediation – when you are walking going from a meeting to another meeting or grabbing your lunch or most simply going for a walk think about your feet on the ground, feel it. Feel your breath and observe your surroundings. I like to touch leaves on the tree and just connect more with nature. Even taking your shoes off can help you ground and connect more.
These are simple and can be done with no equipment or anything fancy. Mindfulness is not fancy it is simply being present.
I invite to spend time doing 1 or even all 3 practices daily. Journal how it makes you feel and connect more daily with the difference it can make in your daily.
Real Fitness strives to look at health more holisitically as we believe that mindset, movement, nutrition and recovery is what gives us true WHOLE health. Mindfulness is part of our current challenge 66 BY RFT – by decreasing stress and and becoming more present you eat healthier, feel better, function better and look better. 66 BY RFT is Australia’s leading holistic health challenge that delves deeper into putting these practices into action so that you can reap the rewards of mindfulness. To join 66 BY RFT entries close 6thOctober
Sometimes distractions can make it hard to stay mindful all the time or even being still can feel immposible that is why we love using yoga at Real Fitness Training to help with this mindfulness practice. We have over 15 classes at Real Fitness where members of RFT enjoy complete relaxation, judgement free, and distraction free.
If you are in the Hills District area including Castle Hill, Kellyville, Bella Vista, Baulkham Hills, Glenhaven, West Pennant Hills, Dural, Rouse Hill and surrounding areas contact us we would love to help you get started on your health and wellness journey.