Physical Health and Mental Health
The mind and the body are tied together. The health of one affects the health of the other. That's why it's so important we not only take care of our physical health, but to also take care of our mental health as well.
One of the easiest ways to improve your mental health is to engage in the practice of mindfulness. What is mindfulness? According to the Mayo Clinic it is "being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment."
The good news is, mindfulness is easy to practice everyday. We're going to share with you the top 3 exercises that you can do to increase your own mindfulness.
What are the Benefits of Mindfulness?
Before we get to the exercises, it's important to understand the benefits of practicing daily mindfulness. Mindfulness is useful in promoting good mental health. Good mental health, in turn, reflects on the body. The health of the two are tied closely together. Increasing the positive level of your mental health increases your physical health, energy, and stamina, and vice versa.
Here are some of the ways that mindfulness can positively impact us:
- Decreased stress
- Lower anxiety
- Reduced depression
- Promote sleep
- Help regulate diabetes
- Help lower blood pressure
- Increase attention and engagement
Making an effort to be mindful everyday can reduce a large number of negative mental health factors while increasing your engagement with your daily life.
3 Exercises that Promote Mindfulness
Live in the Moment
Living in the moment is as simple as being aware of your current surroundings, paying attention to what's going on here and now, and reeling in your mind if it wanders. Focus on what's happening right in front of you, and allow yourself to get wrapped up in the moment. You have to make an effort not to dwell on the past and avoid worrying about the future.
Be aware of your Breathing
Just breathe. Focus on your chest rising and falling, and the pressure on your diaphragm as you exhale. Note your breathing pattern, but do not try to change or alter it. Let it be and just observe.
Allowing yourself to feel the rhythm of your breath puts your mind and body in tune with one another. It also promotes blood circulation, and relaxes areas of tension around your body.
Mindfulness and meditation go hand-in-hand. Mindfulness has its own subset of meditation which links the idea of being in the moment, judgment-free, with deep breathing exercises meant to quiet your mind and bring it into harmony with your body.
Find someplace quiet to sit without distraction and put all the principles of mindfulness into meditative practice to see the full psychosomatic health benefits of mindful practice.
Our lives are structured around regret for the past and worry about the future. If left unchecked, stress and anxiety can take a toll on our overall health.