Like most things, we need to be more proactive than reactive and mindfulness is one of those things. It is also important to understand what mindfulness is - Cambridge online defines mindfulness as “the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm”. To be mindful requires a consistent effort and like most things, the more you practice the better you will become. So don’t worry, this is something that even the professionals had to practise and master - you need to train minds and muscles here!
Social media breaks
Most people spend excessive amounts of time on social media, for socialising, business, and finding inspiration. Even though it is one of our main ways of connecting to the world around us it’s important you allow time away from your devices because it can take your focus away from reality. You can uninstall apps and use tracking devices on your phones to track your social media usage, it goes a long way in helping you unwind, become present and connected to the people around you.
We are lucky to have so many platforms available to us on Youtube or free mobile apps. Even a simple task such as laying or sitting and closing your eyes whilst focusing on breathing is an effective way of meditating. Each person is different and some find it easier to relax and others to switch their mind off. Tai chi or more challenging forms of Yoga might be a better solution for those that may feel agitated sitting down for long periods of time or struggle to relax.
Music can also aid our relaxation and help us to switch off from our day, listen to a calm music playlist on Spotify.
Limit your screen time with devices such as phones and television. Use a calming lavender oil or spray before bed to relax you with a cup of camomile. Put your phone far away from your bed, you need some well deserved sleep, at least 8 hours.
It’s all about you
Do what works for you, find that hobby away from any screens (this is important) and master it, use this as your release. You can dance, read or cook, just be happy with these moments.
Summer is here. The weather has changed, the sun is out for longer, party planning is in full swing, and we are excited for the holiday season to begin. It’s very easy during the last few months of the year to fall into the mistake of neglecting your training and healthy eating habits because there is alot going on. You still need to worry about you and how you manage your time, training and eating habits during this time.