The past few months have been hectic to say the least — a global pandemic, job insecurity, and heaps of natural disasters.
You might not realize it today, but this whirlwind of stress takes a toll on your health.
Whether it’s the lack of sleep or constant anxiety, both your body and mind are getting exhausted. Now, we all know there are tons of different ways to reduce anxiety, but at Nuzena, we truly believe having an integrative approach to living healthy is the most efficient approach.
With that being said, we want to introduce you to the concept of mindfulness. You might have already heard of it during a guided meditation or a TED Talk, but let’s break it down together.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
According to Headspace, mindfulness is “the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them.”. That’s right, being mindful means being fully aware of everything happening around you as well as inside your body and mind.
Initially, you might think being mindful would be a distraction but trust us, it’s quite the contrary!
3 REASONS TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS
1. REDUCES STRESS
Some studies on mindfulness suggest it does not eliminate anxiety, but rather helps you cope with it better. By being aware of your emotions and understanding where they came from, you may have better control over your mind, helping you stay calmer while deciding how to handle your emotions on the spot.
2. BOOSTS WORKING MEMORY
Various studies found that practicing mindfulness may help prevent a decrease in working memory capabilities when going through stressful periods of life.
Working memory = short-term memory — involved in decision making and behavioral processes.
3. BETTER FOCUS
Mindfulness may increase your capacity to focus on important tasks and suppress distracting thoughts according to multiple research studies. Improving focus can be highly beneficial at work and/or school!
HOW TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS?
Being mindful is an ongoing process that becomes a way of life. Here are a few ways to practice mindfulness.
A) MINDFULNESS MEDITATION
Practicing mindfulness meditation may allow you to slow down, connect your mind and body as well as to be fully aware of the present moment. There are tons of guided mindfulness meditation videos for you to try and explore but here’s a good place to start:
B) MINDFUL MORNINGS
Try waking up with a mindful approach. Right when you wake up, before looking at your phone, sit down on your bed, close your eyes, breathe deeply, and decide what your intentions are for the day.
Having a purpose may help you navigate through your emotions better during the day.
C) MINDFUL EATING
You read that right! We want you to be aware of what you’re eating.
Ever heard of the saying “you are what you eat”? We want you to be aware of everything you’re going to eat, the flavors, the portions, your body’s reaction to what you’re feeding it… everything!
Listen to your body.
We mentioned earlier in this article that we’re all about having an integrative approach to being healthy.
If you’re as invested as we are in living healthy and are thinking of incorporating some of the mindfulness practices we’ve discussed today in your own routine, here are some of our pure extract formulas developed by our dietitians, nutritionists and food scientists that will complement your mindfulness efforts.
ASHWAGANDHA PURE +
Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that acts as a natural support to help reduce stress, anxiety and sleeping troubles.
NEURO FOCUS +
The Neuro Focus + nootropic blend helps support mental clarity, mental focus, concentration, and hopes to promote feelings of relaxation.
We hope reading about mindfulness has convinced you of how positively it can benefit your health. By choosing an integrative approach to living a healthy life, you’re signing up your body and mind for maximum results.
Let’s continue this health journey together! We invite you to join our healthy living community to be notified every time we publish a new article.
The Nuzena Team