Our human existence does not allow us to live completely stress-free. Mindfulness will help you with the stresses of life and help you to find relief safely and naturally. Mindfulness is not a religious practice but a skill, that with enough practice can become second nature. In daily life, it can be as simple as noticing the shapes of the clouds or counting your breaths, learning to observe the thoughts that come into your mind and letting them go. This trains you to be present in the moment. recognise your thoughts but realise what is at hand. This can be done anywhere, at the beach, on the commute to work or even in the bathroom.
To function independently in this life, you need to be well. Wellness is a big, important goal; however, it can feel overwhelming at times.
The busyness of life can make it hard for you to prioritise self-care. The more you think about what you “should” be doing differently, the more daunting wellness can seem. Holistic health is about taking responsibility for your own health. Mindfulness helps you to get there.
If you are doing something destructive to your healthy- being, recognise it for what it is, and endeavour to replace it with healthier habits of mind, body, and spirit.
So, what is holistic health and wellbeing? It’s about honouring the mind-body connection and treating the whole person as the precious gift it is.
Mindfulness and Holistic Living
The way you live significantly affects your mind and vice versa. So, to think about Mindfulness, one must also look at the way they are living. Mindfulness means being more intentional in your choices of good habits. As I have pointed out in my past blogs and books, there are also many additional physical and emotional benefits to a mindfulness lifestyle.
Mindfulness is so easy to implement. It is low cost, can be practised anywhere, and only requires your time and consistency.
Despite the ease of implementing Mindfulness, like any new habit, it can be overwhelming for beginners. Where should you start? Should you implement a daily meditation session, mindful eating, mindful exercise, or mindful walking? The answer is you should start small.
The Daily Mindfulness Habit
The detail of creating well-habits is dealt with in another lecture. However, Mindfulness is a beautiful way to conquer thoughts that produce stress, particularly in the first stages when you feel overwhelmed with the damaging assault of thoughts.
Mindfulness enables you to become self-aware, and that awareness is the underlying truth about yourself and who you are. Jesus says- you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. The truth only sets you free if you are willing to accept it and do something with it, and only then it leads to your freedom. Becoming self-aware through daily mindfulness practices leads you to freedom little bit by little bit. Your mind will be set free, thus your lives free to be what we are meant to be and what we are supposed to do in this life.
Mindful means being more intentional in your day-to-day choices, benefitting your physical and emotional wellbeing.
Scientific Research shows that the Mindfulness habit has shown to:
· Reduce rumination and overthinking.
· Decrease stress by lowering levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
· Improve memory, concentration, and performance.
· Help maintains emotional stability. Improve relationship happiness.
· Reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Improve sleep.
· protect against mental illness. Provide pain relief.
· With the repetition of mindfulness activities, you will create fundamental brain function and structure changes.
· Just as exercise habits will change your body, mindfulness habits will reshape your mind.
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