Words by Lauren Moss.
The World Health Organisation in 1948 famously defined health like this:
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
This was more than 60 years ago, and yet we often forget to make a plan for our mental and social wellbeing, not to mention our spiritual and emotional wellbeing. It’s an easy default position to shift to exercising more or changing our diet when we need to boost the way we are feeling about our health (and also our selves), but we need to shift our thinking – this is one component that fits into a much bigger picture.
What if we were to change our diet completely? Not in the way you’re thinking, promise! Instead, what if we changed our diet of things we notice?
By allowing ourselves to be in the moment more often we give ourselves a ‘work in’ instead of a work out. We start to attune more beautifully to what our body wants us to know. We are so busy trying to sift through the noise and do what we think is the best thing for our body that we miss the best source of information, and completely what nourishes us completely.
Here’s some ways that you can increase your mindfulness, today:
- Step away from the technology and go for a walk. This includes turning off the music…recalibrate with your surroundings, look at the changing colours that you notice, the sounds, shifting clouds….(feeling more relaxed just thinking about it).
- Meditate. You don’t have to be seasoned at it! Even just a few minutes of acknowledging thoughts and letting them pass, concentrating on your breathing and recognising how your body feels can make a difference.
- Eat mindfully. Savour the taste, be present and notice your body’s signals.
- Write a journal. It might be a blow by blow of life or simply 5 things that you want to achieve from your day, things you are grateful for before you go to bed – reflect.
- Take some time to think about your values. The ones you feel guided by, that you would want to influence your interactions. Keep them in a place close to you.
How will you be increasing your mindfulness?
Want to step it up? Lauren is participating in a community practicing mindfulness this May to raise money for clean water wells in developing countries:www.mindfulinmay.org.