Is Hi, Everyone.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We hope it was everything you wanted it to be. Our weekend has actually inspired today's #MindfulnessMonday topic, which is listening to our bodies. How many of us are victims of the "gotta go, gotta move, gotta be productive all the time" phenomenon? We know we are, even on the weekends! We tend to think, great a day without work, so let's make sure we work out, run those errands, meet that friend for brunch and then be sure to do something fabulous in the evening. And all of that can be great. But, sometimes, we just need to chill. And, for us "gotta go" kinda people, this can be a challenge.
So, it is important to find balance. It is important to truly listen to your body and know if you are just maybe being a little lazy, or if you really need a day to lay in bed until 11:30am. This is especially true when it comes to physical fitness and holistic wellness. With social media, it can be easy to succumb to the pressure of #nodaysoff. But, if we really educate ourselves on fitness and wellness, we learn that our bodies NEED rest. Too often though, it takes us getting sick or injured to learn that.
And so, while we may have planned to get that run in before work, or the yoga class in at 8pm, plans can always change. If your body is telling you it is exhausted, listen to it. Take rest. Maybe choose to meditate instead. Or, make yourself a cup of tea. Or, take a nap! Is vacation an option? We have been loving Fresno. Be honest with yourself and the benefits will be greater than the calories you may have burned.
We're trying to listen closely to what our bodies need this week. We encourage you to do the same.
Have a good one! Namaste.
Happy Monday! We hope you enjoyed your weekends. A fellow yogi recently shared a post on Instagram with the caption, "Calm is a super power" and it totally resonated with us right now, and so that is what we will be talking about on this #MindfulnessMonday.
I think we can all agree that someone telling you to relax when you're stressing it out is potentially one of the most infuriating things ever. And sometimes those people mean well and other times they are intentionally trying to get under your skin. Regardless of intention, it is very annoying, but the rationale behind it does have merit. Freaking out, crying, yelling, stressing are all natural reactions to frustration, stress and just overall things not going our way. But, we need to recognize that it's easy to get anxious. It's easy to lose our sh*t. What's hard is to remain calm and rationale in the face of big life challenges and/or inconveniences. Cultivating and harnessing this sense of calm truly is a super power. And it is not easy to do. We know we can get frustrated by the littlest things like subway delays, bad weather or even not being able to nail a pose on our mat. But, if we can learn to breathe through our aggravation in small moments, we can then learn to harness this power for the bigger moments too.
Some things we like to do to strengthen to power of our calm are:
BREATHE: Sounds simple, but deep belly breathing actually helps to physically reduce cortisol (stress hormone) levels in the body.
Make lists. Writing down all the things you have to get done can make it all more manageable. And then when you can cross things off the list, you realize it's not so stressful after all.
Talk it out. Whether this means speaking to yourself out loud or getting on the phone with a friend, sometimes just releasing your fears into the universe can make them way less scary.
Do yoga! Get on your mat and just breathe and move through your blocks and challenges.
We are trying to go through this week with a sense of calm and peace. We encourage you to do the same. Have a good one!
In this modern age we live in, it's more important than ever to understand mindfulness and how to apply it in your life. Things are dramatically different to how they were even just ten years ago. The internet and social networking have taken up a huge part of our attention. Where we used to digest new information once or twice per day, we now see news stories and friends’ updates from around the world in an endless stream of data.
It's clear a lot of people are addicted to this new development in human culture, which is why mindfulness is so vital and the perfect antidote for feeling overwhelmed, sucked in and drained. Being mindful gives you a personal area that you can enter whenever you wish, away from the hustle and bustle.
So how do you switch off, even just for a few moments in this sea of chaos? Mindfulness can be practiced in a variety of ways, and in fact, you can make almost anything a mindful activity. If you're on the commute to work traveling via trains, buses or walking, grab a coffee or drink you enjoy and take sips as you go about your journey. Focus on the sensations of the liquid touching your lips, entering your mouth and the taste forming. Use all your senses to anchor you in the present moment.
Meditating for 20 minutes each morning before you start your day will help you develop an awareness of your mind activity. Focus is a skill that can be enhanced through meditation, so if you feel flustered and bogged down with too much going on in your head, an effective remedy is to grow your awareness and concentration levels.
Learn to become a spectator of your life. Through watching your thoughts, you begin to see which will benefit you and which will harm you. Become selective as to what mind activity you wish to engage with, and be careful that you only choose positivity. Just because everything is moving fast and rapidly outside of you, it doesn't mean you have to reflect that on the inside. Move slowly; feel every breath and step you take. Leave your phone alone and bask in nature.
Take Advantage of Technology
It's important to remember technology is manufactured to make life easier for humans; it wasn't devised for us to be enslaved by it. However, it's apparent that, unfortunately, the latter has become true for a lot of people. If we approach technology from the point of view that it aids us, we can use it to help us become more mindful. There are apps designed for mindfulness and well-being that are proving to be very effective. However, it's important you protect your data.
Setting alerts and reminders on smartphones is actually changing the way people view them, as they're forcing people to become healthier. These alerts usually come to the rescue at most points of the day, whether you're actively using your phone at the time or busy doing something. It's like receiving a nudge from yourself telling you to slow down and be healthful. Using your phone in this way will ensure you take more breaks and look after yourself.
Have any mindfulness tips for busy lifestyles you've found effective? Leave a comment below.
Author bio: Faith is a health and wellness blogger who enjoys keeping up to date with the latest tips and methods available. She also loves teaching others the importance of a balanced lifestyle through a mindful approach.
Faith is a health and wellness blogger who enjoys keeping up to date with the latest tips and methods available. She also loves teaching others the importance of a balanced lifestyle through a mindful approach.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.