Mindlfulness seems to be a new hype word, or trend in health & wellness of late, but mindfulness has been getting a lot of attention in the media lately, but it is hardly a fad and has been around for thousands of years! Put simply, mindfulness is immersing yourself in the current moment, and blocking out what is happening around you.
Here are 5 super simple & quick mindfulness exercises to get started:
Take 10 minutes to breathe. Close your eyes, focus on your breath and acknowledge your thoughts without labelling or judging. The secret is to not be too strict on yourself! If your thoughts wander, just take a moment to bring your attention back to focusing on your steady breath and let the thoughts pass.
Focus on details
Observe a small, inanimate object for 5 minutes. Pay attention to every single detail, as though that object is the only one in the world.
Our obvious favourite! Pay close attention to how you chew, and all the textures and tastes, and remember to pause to breathe between bites. Pay attention to the food, and the sensations of eating, including when you feel “full”. There are many studies that show the closer you pay attention to this exact process, the less food you actually consume.
Test all 5 senses
Think of 5 things you can see, 4 you can feel, 3 you can hear, 2 you can smell, and 1 you can taste. This is a great way to calm yourself down in moments of stress!
Go for a mindful walk
Leave your mobile phone behind, and be 100% present in that very moment. Concentrate on all the sensations you feel, focusing on your breath and your environment.
We can offer many more hints, tips or resources on mindfulness at your next consult in the clinic, or via Skype or Zoom. Please contact us for more information.