Last week we talked about the 10 steps to create more mindfulness in your day-to-day life.
What we left out is why mindfulness is important and what mindfulness even is. So here we go…
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.
When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judgment.
Mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience1.
Dr Brene Brown, PhD explains how mindfulness can allow you let go of the constant worry about life and reduce your feelings of overwhelm.
It can be as simple as taking a few minutes to breathe and focus on your bodily senses2.
Need more time to be mindful? Plan your Power Hour using our free guide. Click on the button below to download.
Stress can produce physical responses in your body
Our thoughts can produce a physical stress response in our body. Our mind cannot differentiate between being chased by a bear or just thinking we are.
The stress response is activated daily by:
- commuting in traffic3
- work pressure3
- family difficulties3
- Or too much screen time4
Your ability to be mindful in stressful situations will determine your long-term health by helping to keep your nerve system balanced.
Not having the ability to process high amounts of mental stress will likely lead to poorer health.
Increased stress can have effects on:
- short-and-long term memory5
- unintended weight gain5
- increase heart rate and blood pressure5
- and deceased immune function5
All of these lead to a decreased quality of life and possibly, a decreased life span.
Tracking your level of stress
Observations in clinical practice have shown chiropractic care can:
- increase immune function6
- improve cognitive function6
- lower anxiety and worry6
Many of these benefits may be explained when tracking health using advanced measurement tools.
One of the tools we use in clinical practice at The Powerhouse Chiropractic is heart-rate variability (HRV). HRV measures the effects of stress on the health of the nerve system7.
When HRV improves, general health also improves. When your health improves, so does your ability to be mindful and adjust to the stress in your life.
We recommend using both chiropractic care and mindfulness training to help balance your nerve system and HRV.
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10 Steps to be more mindful
What are some ways to be more mindful in your everyday life?
There are many, many strategies for mindfuless… and it’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.
We have outlined our 10 favourite mindfulness activities below.
Download our free guide below to get a description of each of the 10 exercises… plus 5 extra daily activities you’re already doing to add to your mindfulness approach.
Keep it on your desktop or print it out so you can easily remind yourself to be mindful throughout the day.
- Hannon, S.M. (2004). Objective Physiologic Changes and Associated Health Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments in Asymptomatic Subjects: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research.
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