We live in a society that strives on being busy and a feeling of go, go, go. Many of us feel like we are running all day, from the time we get up until we put our head on the pillow again, even during the pandemic. Many times we don’t even sit down to eat. When we live everyday like it is a race, it causes a lot of stress and anxiety. Even the thought of slowing down causes anxiety because we just don’t think there is time. We are starting to find out, through research, that this mindset affects our physical and mental well-being in a very negative way. Interestingly, it only takes a few minutes each day to reset your mind and practice mindfulness.
Mindfulness is an active, open, and intentional attention on the present. It is the practice of being fully aware of the present moment and your thoughts. Alix Dorgan, who writes for inspiyr, provides 7 steps to mindfulness:
- Make time—set aside a small block of quiet and uninterrupted time (5-10min) each day.
- Find a comfortable place.
- Breathe—take a few slow, deep breaths and on the last breath close your eyes,
- Take in the present moment—focus on your breathing, what your body feels like. what the room smells like, remain a passive observer of your thoughts rather than worrying about their possible implications.
- Relax—stay in the present moment, don’t worry about the past, and what you need to accomplish in the future. The goal is to achieve a state of mental stillness and attention to the present moment.
CEEK Wellness Challenge of the Month
Research has shown that individuals that are able to achieve a state of mindfulness are less stressed, less anxious, more productive and generally happier. We challenge you to make the time on a daily basis. Find your place and practice the steps to achieve mindfulness in the next 30 days. Below are some suggested resources that can help. Your mind will thank you—CEEK a Better Way!