Mindfulness Trainer and Yoga Therapist, Julie Stannard explains some mindfulness based approaches to help reduce stress.
We all get stressed and sometimes need the motivation to rouse us into action. The impact of feeling constantly worried and overstretched can have huge health implications, not only mentally but physically. Chronic stress undoubtedly puts your long-term health at risk. Of late, mindfulness has been the relaxation technique of choice.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to and seeing clearly whatever is happening in our lives. It works by helping us become more aware of what is happening in our body. It encourages us to become more reflective human beings who can pay critical attention to our thought processes and respond to them in a rational and calm way. Mindfulness works to alleviate the physical alert caused by stress responses and steadily leave our patterns of anxiety behind.
How can mindfulness help to reduce stress?
Consider these 3 tips to reduce some of the stress in your life:
Sometimes in the morning, you may wake up and notice that your mind begins to race ahead to tasks in the day that are yet to be completed - you may even have heart palpitations or butterflies in your stomach.
Choose to take a pause before your day begins. Notice sensations in your body and the feeling of your breath. Perhaps take three breaths and savor each one as if this was your first ever breath.
After giving yourself this space, start your day without rushing. This new awareness of body and breath helps give perspective and brings us back to the present.