The Powerful Health Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness: The Secret to Deep Healing
Releasing Expectation and Judgement
The Invaluable Health Benefits of Mindfulness
Another important way that mindfulness relieves our stress is with control. Many of us feel stressed when we feel out of control. Too many commitments, difficult situations, or seemingly unsolvable problems can make us feel like we are lost without a map. Mindfulness gives you a compass for your own mind. At any time, you can employ your mindfulness techniques to stop the spiral and take back your mental power.
2. Emotional Freedom
Mindfulness is the ticket to living in the moment and finding freedom. Staying present prevents the thought patterns that lead to depression (ruminating on the past) or anxiety (worrying about the future). When we stop to think about it, most moments of the day are not really that intense, tragic, or fearful. We feel worried, stressed, angry, sad, or resentful because we are either living in the past or the future. We relive old problems, re-punish ourselves for old mistakes, or even create arguments or problems in our head that haven’t happened.
Along with keeping our mental health steady, mindfulness also offers us great learning experiences. Without the judging mind constantly labeling things as good or bad, right or wrong, we are free to experience life as it really is. You may find yourself noticing interesting things that you never noticed before. A world of opportunity and amazement is out there when we free our minds from excessive thought and judgment.
3. Overall Health
The power of mindfulness has an overarching effect into our entire lives. Not only does mindfulness keep us sane, but it improves our physical health too! As we mentioned before, mindfulness can reduce the amount of cortisol we produce. This in turn keeps our hormones in a better balance, reduces excess fat accumulation, and improves stress-induced issues like headaches, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
Mindfulness also helps us tune in and listen better to our bodies. You’ll have a keener awareness of what foods fuel you and which cause problems. You’ll enjoy your food more and realize when you’re full faster when you eat mindfully. You’ll notice which stretches strengthen your body best. Mindfulness also helps us to avoid harmful habits like mindless snacking, drinking, and even poor posture.
Mindfulness for Health
- Use acupuncture to improve mindfulness practice and relieve stress. Acupuncture is a known method for centering the mind and improving mood and emotional balance. During your acupuncture treatment, stay mindful of all the sensations happening in your body. What do you feel? Where is your attention? What comes to mind? These are powerful messages and can help guide you through treatment. If you are suffering from a specific health issue, use mindfulness during your treatment to focus in and listen to the troubled area. Your body often tells you what it needs for best health, we just have to listen.
- Mentally commit to a dedicated program that fits your health needs. I offer a variety of specialized, transformational health programs that help you jumpstart your journey to more vibrant health. Along with tailored treatments, you’ll also learn the diet, exercise, and mindfulness habits necessary to keep yourself on track at home. Taking on one of my programs focuses your attention on to your goals, setting you up for success. Mindfulness is a key ingredient for success with my programs, and one that you’ll learn to carry with you long after our job is done.
- Define your desired habits and goals to maintain your focus. Putting pen to paper is a magical thing. Find a quiet place and sit down to really define what you want to achieve. Write down how you want to feel, what steps you need to get there, and the daily habits that will pave the road to success. Most lists should include an appropriate amount of daily meditation, an on-going mindfulness practice, movement, great food choices, and weekly or monthly holistic care (acupuncture, massage, herbs, etc…). This simple list is your blueprint for a focused – and mindful! – plan of action. If you need help creating your health blueprint, I am always happy to work with you to help develop your plan!
Stop, Look, Listen: Everyday Mindfulness
If you are new to mindfulness, start by setting an alarm on your phone for a certain time each day. When that alarm sounds, no matter where you are, stop and experience what is happening in that moment. Release any judgement and take it all in, like a painting in a museum. After a minute or two, you will feel more relaxed and accepting, and you’ll likely be better equipped to take on the rest of the day’s challenges with an open heart and mind.
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