Resolutions – Don’t Forget Mindfulness

The new year is here and it is that time when we have those tendencies to start fresh by incorporating new habits to better improve our lives.

Many people will include a variety of resolutions that affect the physical part of our being, eating better and exercising more.  As you are working on ways that you would like to create better habits for yourself, whether now in January or 7 months from now how about incorporating mindfulness.

Being mindful can involve several aspects of our being, the mind, the body, and the spirit.  When we practice being mindful, we are not multi-tasking like so many of us do several times a day.  Even though some of us believe that we are master multitaskers, our brains really aren’t set-up to multitask.  Our brains function effectively by monotasking.

What does it mean to be mindful?  To different people it may mean a few different things.  I interpret mindfulness as being consciously in the present moment, complete awareness of your surroundings, what you are hearing, smelling, and feeling.

I have experienced talking to people on the phone and realized that they were so busy  that they had no idea what I had said at all.  At the same time, I have been on the other end of that as well, where I was trying to multitask and talk to someone.  Since retiring, I am better at that koopsen-23but do have to remind myself on occasion.  Being mindful is giving your full attention to the task at hand.  We think we are saving time by multitasking but in the long run, we really aren’t as we end up making more mistakes.

When you are mindful, you will lose weight, why, because you are fully aware of what you are eating, when you are eating, and you will know when it is time to stop eating by how your body feels.  In addition, being mindful allows you to alleviate anxiety which can slow your metabolsim down.

Being mindful will promote healthy benefits.  I recently read that that American Psychological Association believes that mindfulness can help to alleviate depression, and pain.  People have sworn that being mindful has been extremely benefical against their migraines and panic attacks.

If you believe that you wear that badge of honor because you multitask, then I would like to ask you if having physical stress related symptoms like tight shoulders, migraines, hair loss, ulcers, and/or any other physical ailments a badge of honor?

Next month, I will cover on ways to practice mindfulness.

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