The benefits of mindfulness for busy Santa’s helpers

Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which one can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training.

I know what am I doing writing about mindfulness when I wrote about travelling with kids?

Bear with me there is a point to this. Practising mindfulness is about as close as you can get to going on a holiday every day. Say what! Yep, it’s true, practising mindfulness and the benefits of such practises will benefit you in similar ways to getting away from it all and having a break.

The benefits of mindfulness are

  • It lowers stress. Regular mindfulness meditation has been shown to lower stress hormones, like cortisol. …
  • Boosts the immune system. A meditation a day keeps the doctor away? …
  • Better sleep.
  • Better relationships.

Win Win! So, I know it’s a few weeks until we can shut down and enjoy the summer and really get away from it all. The silly season or the festive season can be draining on all us. For me this week I have Christmas concert hell and awards galore.

The solution my friends is daily mindfulness,

The steps to daily mindfulness are as follows

  1. Find a place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you. Many of you may prefer to sit.
  2. Now at this point most mindfulness coaches or experts will tell you to set a time. I’m going to say don’t. I get distracted easily so for me knowing its ten minutes I must sit still is so stressful that I can’t do it If I just enjoy the moment I can sit there without concern for as long as I like.
  3. Notice what your body is doing. Are you calm? Are you anxious?
  4. Feel your breath. To do this (as a non-stationary person) I rest my hand on my chest and make sure my breathing has slowed. I can’t do this for too long it’s way too boring.
  5. Notice when your mind has wandered. I’m like a dog with anything round rolling around near me, let meat it! My mind wanders so you need to find peace. Mindfulness at home is impossible, We live in a small place and the kids are everywhere and anywhere they are not, my husband is there. So, get outside. Be at somewhere where you can see the sun coming up. Trust me even on a cloudy day your heart will be filled with golden love. …
  6. Be gentle on yourself. Wandering minds can take a while to train. Being close to the beach works wonders on me as the tranquillity of the waves rolling in helps my wandering brain. I need to be in nature to be present. At home there is always laundry or projects to complete. .

To free yourself in life many of just think the best solution is to get away from it all. To get away from our responsibilities and therefore our cares. Well you can do more for yourself than just getting away regularly. Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Being able to recognize them means you will be able to stop them before they fester. Practising mindfulness can allow you the opportunity to be in tune with being out of whack. Revisit steps 3 and 4. If your breathing is a little off or your mind is wandering more than normal, perhaps these are signs you are suffering increased stress.

People who meditate are happier, healthier, and more successful than those who don’t. Those amazing benefits of practicing meditation and mindfulness make you want to try those mindfulness exercises yourself.

We have discussed the benefits of mindfulness and the steps to mindfulness. But now, we need to discuss MORE SUCCESSFUL, HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER. Trying to live our best life and achieving our best family life is a tremendous feat that anyone achieving 5 minutes of calm deserves a medal. But this is the thing. It doesn’t need to be hard.

Start with this. Put the kettle on. Boil that water. Grab the tea and brew a cup. Add whatever malarkey that suits your taste. Carry that tea to your balcony, to your window or better yet, into the garden. Do you have caterpillars or ladybeetles in your garden? Watch them. Absorb the smells, absorb the plants around. WOW that was a full minute of mindfulness. Now find some leaves or some flowers and really look at how they are ‘designed’ absorb yourself in the natural pattern and the fascinating way it is created. I shake my head that we have got so busy we have forgotten how to sit and wonder. Water helps to sooth your mind. Not only the sight but the sound of water helps to relax you.

If you want to be happier, healthier and more successful; I truly believe you need to get outside. Mindfulness will come just being outside. Happiness, health and success are yours for the taking, just get outside. Make time to have a cup of tea. Make time to take a stroll after your evening meal. One week will become two and suddenly it is a part of your life and not scheduled in.

What do you think you need to overcome to practising mindfulness? Tell me what difficulties you have and I will ask the experts who have helped me.

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