Has this ever happened to you? (NO JUDGMENT!)
You’re driving home from work or the grocery store and when you get home, you can’t remember part of the trip …
Or you’re in the middle of a great movie on Netflix – and you look down and have no idea how the entire bowl of popcorn is gone …
Or you go into the kitchen to get something and you can’t remember what or why?
These are all signs you need some MINDFULNESS in your life!
“Mindfulness” is super trendy right now - and for a VERY good reason! It can teach you to get you out of your head and into the present...
This can have amazing benefits for your health (and results)!
- Less stress
- Better memory
- Lower emotional reactivity
- Improved focus
- Flexible thinking
- And even increased immune function!
Basically, it increases your “chill” factor.
Plus, you probably already know that having too many stress hormones in your system can make it harder for your body to metabolize fat …
and it also encourages belly fat storage!
Being more mindful can help you cut the stress ... but so can incorporating some simple daily activities into your routine.
|7 Easy Mindfulness Practices to Help Your Results
||Notice your food before you eat it – how it looks, smells, and tastes – and take your time to enjoy it.
When you're doing 3 things at once, it can feel like you're unstoppable. But the truth is, it's actually not as efficient and it makes it hard for your brain to focus.
Give yourself permission to do just one thing at a time, and watch your stress levels reduce almost immediately!
When you're having a conversation with someone, really listen to what they say (vs. thinking about what YOU'RE going to say next).
This can help boost your focus, reduce your stress, AND improve your relationships (another stress-buster).
Make it a routine
Pick a certain part of the day – your morning commute, a lunchtime walk – to simply focus and be aware of all the sensations created by the environment surrounding you. And do it every day!
|Mix it up
Do something DIFFERENT to see the world in a new way. Change where you sit at a meeting, brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand, take a new route when you’re driving, try a new food, read a book instead of listening to it.
This can 1) improve your focus, and 2) give you a new perspective!
Give your thoughts or feelings “names”
When you start thinking or worrying about something – a work evaluation, a presentation, or even the state of the world – say to yourself something like: “This is just a THOUGHT about my work evaluation.”
Naming them can take away some of their power and it also can help you recognize patterns in your thinking/moods.
Take breaks through the day and focus on breathing in and out through your nose deep into your belly. This works with your nervous system (vagus nerve) to help you feel calm and focused.
I use this technique during my tennis matches before serving the ball, and also on the start line of Dragon Boat races while focusing on when the starter's horn will sound.
Note: There are tons of other ways to improve mindfulness – go outside in nature, create a relaxing evening wind-down routine, journal, etc. Do what works for you – and do it intentionally.
The point is to slow down your thoughts and RELAX. :-)
Your body (and brain) will thank you for it!
Make it a mindful day,
Jessica Shotwell Walker, INHC, Pn1
Momentum Transformations, LLC
Guided Life Change…At Your Own Pace
*Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
*Dragon Boat Paddling Trainer
*Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
P.S. Have you downloaded my FREE e-book yet? Follow this link: Bust Through Your Fat Loss Plateau!
P.P.S. Being mindful is also working on being connected with your body. If you’re ready to make some positive changes and have them stick for a lifetime, book a FREE Discovery Call