I want you to think outside the box when it comes to your health and fitness. Taking care of yourself doesn’t always have to do with getting in enough cardio, working on your abs and counting macros and calories.  There are countless connections between being mindful and happiness.  This may not be new to you.  There has been much more focus on mindfulness in the recent years.  The experience of being fully involved and engaged in an activity has been shown to change the brain in ways that make us happier. We can learn to savor the moments, the time with others or simply the time in the actual acto of doing whatever it is.

There are many, many ways to practice mindfulness.  You may think I am about to go into mindful meditation.  That is a great topic to cover here, but I will leave that for another day.  Instead, I am going to share the importance of being mindful in listening to your own voice and your heart.  This is something that you should be adding to your lifestyle, not just for the health benefits, but also because it can bring you so much pleasure and happiness – which then makes you a healthier person!

Some of the benefits will be just what you expect – like reducing stress and helping you deal with all of those everyday struggles that just keep coming at us.  Taking a time out to take care of yourself, prioritize yourself, and find the things that feed your soul will help you handle those feelings of stress and their symptoms, like:

Constantly feeling anxious and worried
Feeling irritable, agitated and easily annoyed
Argumentative and defensive with friends and family
Restless sleeping
Low levels of energy, often waking up feeling tired
Restless and frenetic mind
Often self-critical and/or critical of others
Feeling flat and uninspired
Having difficulty concentrating
Skin rashes and conditions
Clenching your jaw muscles and grinding your teeth at night
Headaches and migraines

How many of these symptoms have you had this week?  I’m sure at least a couple!

When you bring down your stress, find a way to relax through mindfulness or  activities that bring you joy, you receive health benefits such as these:

Higher brain functioning
Increased immune function
Lowered blood pressure
Lowered heart rate
Increased awareness
Increased attention and focus
Increased clarity in thinking and perception
Lowered anxiety levels
Experience of being calm and internally still
Experience of feeling connected

Gaining these benefits are not hard, complicated or time-consuming.  But aren’t they awesome?  It can take just a few minutes a day to do even those little things that bring you joy.  Sitting quietly, listening to favorite music, writing, chatting with a friend, reading a book, working on a hobby, taking a walk outside.  These are all low cost, simple and do not take away from your already crowded day, but can do so much to add TO your day.

I hope you will really think about ways to make your heart shine and realize its importance in your own health journey.

This is a weekly portion of our Better & Beyond Program!  If you want to make sure you are adding this into your own balanced healthy lifestyle join us for our next round on April 1!

 

Enjoy Your Day!

Marla-Deen Fit, Empowering You To Live A Balanced Healthy Live at Any Age with a focus on fitness and health