WTF is Mindfulness (and how to start)

Stress is an inevitable part of life, especially for women who are often juggling multiple responsibilities, expectations and roles at once. However, ongoing stress can take a toll on your physical and mental health (don’t I fucking know it!). That’s why it’s essential to practice stress management techniques to maintain your overall wellbeing and ensure you enjoy this crazy thing called life. One technique used by millions of people around the world is mindfulness, which can help you manage stress and improve your emotional regulation.

WTF is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the present moment – no matter how mundane it may seem. It involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without judgment. By focusing on the present moment, you can turn down the volume of the endless jumble of unwanted thoughts that often leave you feeling overwhelmed and focusing on unhelpful shit.

How does mindfulness help with stress management? Stress triggers the body’s fight or flight response, which can cause physical and emotional symptoms. Mindfulness can help you regulate your body’s response to stress by promoting relaxation and reducing the physiological symptoms of stress. Additionally, mindfulness can help you identify negative thought patterns and reframe them in a more empowering, productive light.

What are some mindfulness techniques? Here are a few mindfulness techniques that you can practice daily:

  1. Breathing exercises: Eg square breathing – picture the 4 sides of a square. As you go up the side inhale, hold the breath across the top, exhale as you go down, and hold the breath across the bottom. I have another blog post all about this – check it out for more techniques.
  2. Body scan meditation: Lie down in a comfortable position and bring your attention to your body. Start at your toes and slowly move your attention up your body, noticing any sensations without judgment.
  3. Mindful eating: Pay attention to the taste, smell, and texture of your food. Eat slowly and savor each bite.
  4. 5,4,3,2,1: In any moment, pause and notice 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste. This is very powerful and helps us to bring our attention to the present moment.

How can you incorporate mindfulness into your daily life? Here are a few tips to help you incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine:

  1. Start small: Begin with short mindfulness exercises, such as a few minutes of breathing exercises each day. Gradually increase the length of your practice as you become more comfortable.
  2. Practice regularly: Consistency is key to developing a mindfulness practice. Try to practice every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
  3. Find a community: Consider joining a mindfulness group or finding an accountability partner to help you stay motivated.
  4. Be patient: Mindfulness is a skill that takes time to develop. Don’t expect to see immediate results and be patient with yourself.

Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help us to manage stress and enhance ones overall sense of wellbeing. By incorporating mindfulness techniques into your daily routine, you can improve your emotional regulation and reduce the negative effects of stress on your mind and body. Start small, practice regularly, and be patient with yourself, and you’ll soon notice the positive benefits of mindfulness.

Have questions about how to start? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Love B x

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