Mindfulness: learn 5 simple steps to lead a happier life

Mindfulness2017 was the year that mindfulness burst out of relative obscurity and into the social zeitgeist, and you know what, we’re glad that it has.

For those that don’t know, mindfulness is the act of meditating (basically sitting peacefully and performing breathing exercises) for around ten minutes each day as a means of improving your mental state.

 

In the same way that we exercise to keep our bodies in shape, why shouldn’t we do the same for our minds? It can be quite easy to regard mindfulness as a passing fad but trust us, there is a reason that so many people have embraced this.


Below are just some of the benefits of introducing mindfulness into your life.

  1. It can lower stress
  2. It allows you to know your true self
  3. It can protect the brain against depression and anxiety
  4. It can increase focus
  5. It can enhance our mood and ability to be creative
  6. The effects can last even when we aren’t meditating
  7. Studies have shown that it can improve sleep
 

Inspired to start meditating? Good, you’ll love it. There are tonnes of apps that you can download straight away, and if you do, you might find that you want to incorporate some more mindfulness techniques into your life so we thought we’d give you some top tips:

 

1)  Walk Mindfully

In your meditations, you’ll learn to focus on and observe your breathing. Doing so gives you a greater appreciation of how your body, mind and emotions are getting on.

You can do the same thing when you are out and about by paying close attention to the movements of your body and how they connect and interact with their surroundings.

Notice how your feet connect with and leave the ground and observe the movements of your muscles.

 You’ll find that in doing so you will naturally feel more at one with the sights, sounds and life that is taking place around you.

Simply by learning to enjoy and appreciate every step a little bit more, you'll be amazed at how little you’ve taken in before.

 

2) Be mindful with your phone

 

A key part of mindfulness is blocking out external noise and living in the moment. One thing that massively prevents us from doing this is that piece of technology we all carry with us 24/7, the smartphone.

We aren’t saying that you have to chuck your phone in the bin, but you don’t have to be a slave to it either.

Some simple tips include putting your phone on airplane mode occasionally. Doing so will allow you to go off the grid from time-to-time, for example when you’re with friends, on a country walk or just relaxing.

Remember, it’s OK to connect with the world around you and connect back with the people on your phone when you’re ready.

 Also, don’t feel compelled to scroll through social media feeds or endlessly check work emails, decide if what you’re doing is actually important or benefitting you at that moment.

You’ll be amazed at the difference this will make to your life.

 

3) Be compassionate with yourself

 

It is very easy when things aren’t going well to start to criticise yourself but doing so will only increase your inner anxieties. Mindfulness teaches us to acknowledge the times that we are feeling bad and encourages you to take steps to put yourself right.

As well as being kinder to yourself in your own mind, we encourage you to treat yourself too.

Go and see that show you've always wanted to check out or that new restaurant or even just stay in and have a candlelit bath.

If a relaxing bath night sounds up your street, make it even more special by using our bath and shower products that not only smell beautiful but will also leave your body feeling refreshed too - what’s more, they are made with 100% natural fragrance too!

 

4) Get more sleep

 

As mentioned, meditating regularly can help to improve your sleep patterns but you still need to set enough time each day to let your body fully reset itself.

Getting a full eight hours sleep will help you be more efficient, communicate better, have more energy and be less prone to impaired memory, sluggishness and anxiety.

Also, you can’t truly embrace mindfulness and be present if you are feeling exhausted so make sure you get the required amount of rest, we promise you’ll feel the difference.

 

5) Eat mindfully

 

When you’ve worked hard all day, there are few things better than sitting down to a healthy, delicious and well-earned meal. The problem is, in today’s fast-paced world, it can be easy to eat on autopilot as we watch TV, check emails, or chat.

The thing is, by not taking the time to actually appreciate the food in front of you, the likelihood is, after your meal you probably won’t feel satisfied or nourished as the act of eating the meal will have passed you by.

Instead, you should take time to truly experience each meal. Focus your attention on the food in front of you, you’ll find that you’ll appreciate the flavours even more and will even get a quicker realisation of when you’re actually full instead of simply eating till all the food has gone from the plate.

 

A healthy mind deserves a healthy body


At Faith in Nature, we believe that you need both a healthy mind and a healthy body. Check out our naturally derived health and beauty products that, alongside mindfulness, will help you stay healthy both inside and out. 



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