Flourish Health & Wellbeing eMagazine - Jan21 - Flipbook - Page 52
The final mind-related factor for mental fitness is the ability to be fully immersed ‘in the
moment’. This is called mindfulness.
In our fast-forward world, a lot of us spend our time in an unnecessary state of high alert,
flooding our body and mind with stress. Mindfulness provides us with the capacity to move
out of this hyper-aroused state into one that is calmer, more reflective and allows us to
respond rather than automatically react. People who practice mindfulness find that they
are less likely to worry about the future or mull over the past.
Some tips for practicing mindfulness are
If you’re religious, prayer focuses our
attention on the world around us.
Learn to notice things mindfully. Start
by sitting on a bench outside. If you
see an insect, keep watching it until
you can no longer see it, or really
notice what happens to a leaf in the
Download a mindfulness app and find
a regular 5-10 minute slot during the
day to use it.
Even during very stressful moments,
remind yourself that you are enduring
a fight - or - flight instinct that is
preparing you for action.
Try making it a habit to turn off
devices for each meal of the day.
Take the time to notice and enjoy the
food and your dining companions.