30 days of Stress Tips (day 14 - Mindfulness)
Posted on 4th June 2020 at 08:19
Mindfulness has been around for about 2000 years but most of the current practices are based on the buddhist religion. It has been successfully used to treat chronic pain, stress, anxiety, depression as well as enhancing creativity and productivity.
It is increasingly being used in healthcare, education and business.
The core message in Mindfulness is becoming aware of the here and now. This is important because we spend so much of our time worrying about what has happened in the past or what is going to happen in the future that we have very little resources left for the most important thing, and that is what is happening right now. Time is really our greatest resource. You may have heard the expression - the past is history, the future is a mystery but now is a gift - that is because it is why it is called “The Present”. Once this moment has gone we don’t get it back!
And what has happened in the past has happened - we can’t change it. What will happen in the future hasn’t happened yet - and may never happen! That isn’t to say we shouldn’t look at what has gone right and wrong in the past and learn lessons from them. It is not to say we shouldn’t set ourselves goals. But revelling in past glories or worrying about a future event is just a waste of resources. And it isn’t just these major thoughts which stop us being truly “present”, it is the thousands of thoughts that run through our heads every minute of the day - “What will I have for dinner tonight? “What will the weather be like this weekend?” Did I put out the cat this morning?” did I turn the oven off?” “ Did I put the cat in the oven?” Hundreds of little thoughts which take us away from experiencing the present. I'm sure you have experienced the sensation where you have got home and as you go to switch off the engine, realise that you have no record fo the last 20 minutes of your journey? Or you get to the bottom of the page of a book you are reading and relies that you have no idea what you have just read?
This is where Mindfulness really comes into its own. It is great for helping us to put these thoughts to the side for a little while and becoming more “present”. This allows us to accept a situation as it is and is a great aid in helping to prevent stress.
I have an easy Mindful Breathing exercise below which you can download or listen to straight from the page - it is only 6 minutes long, but try and incorporate it into your daily routine and I thin you will find it really helpful in lowering your stress levels.
Mindful Breathing Exercise
Here is a free mindful breathing exercise for you. It is only a few minutes long but is great for easing and preventing stress. Try to commit to using it every day.
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