It’s hard to become a mindfulness guru overnight. But there maybe a few ways you can practice awareness and begin moving towards a morebalanced life (and feel healthier in the process), starting today.
Mindfulness of whatwe eat.
Sudden shifts in diet and exercise routines can upsetmetabolism and cause more harm than good. A healthier alternative to yo-yoingmight be to develop a steady awareness, one meal at a time, of exactly what weput into our bodies. Observing our habits carefully in the present moment mayhelp bring long term, healthy lifestyle changes better than quick-fix recipes.
Mindfulness of howmuch we sleep.
Beyond helping us see what is present, mindfulness may alsohelp us see what is missing from the picture – and sleep is a great example. Ifwe can slow down (taking a few minutes each night to breathe deeply and listento the body’s signals), we may realize that evening lethargy; daytime musclesoreness and morning irritability may be the results of sleep deficiency.
Mindfulness of howmuch we play.
Mindfulness also helps us recognize balance, or lack of it,in our daily routines. When we rush from home to work to gym and so on, we getinto a mindset where having fun is not an option, or even worse, it becomes anextravagance. Daily mindfulness practice (sitting still, listening to our ownthoughts) can help remind us that we need play just as much as we need work inbuilding healthy lives.
A major part of mindfulness is learning to do just one thingat a time. When you eat, eat. When you sleep, sleep. And when you play, play.Focus on one activity in each moment, at it can be amazing how much simplerlife feels.