Mindfulness sounds very abstract, and it can seem doubtful that something so simple could actually work.
In the simplest terms, mindfulness is having an awareness of the present moment while disconnecting from negative emotions, judgment, and reactions. It helps quiet the voice in the back of our heads that makes us react, feel stress, and think in unhealthy ways. It allows us to take a less reactive stance.
Mindfulness can help you achieve these health goals:
A common misconception depicts mindfulness as a cure-all.
Instead, mindfulness exercises are a piece of the puzzle. You need the whole package, including nutrition, physical movement, and mindfulness to get the results you desire. But mindfulness can be a powerful tool in supporting your mental and physical health.
It’s really easy to go about your day without pausing to be mindful. So it’s important to take time to plan how to incorporate mindfulness into your day. The good news is it's easy to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine since you only need a few minutes at a time. Here are some simple mindfulness steps you can take.
1. Track your day
Write down what you do each day and recognize when you take a moment to pause. When did you last notice the trees, smell the flowers, or slowly enjoy the tastes of your meal?
2. Use daily moments to remind you
Locate some moments in your daily life when you can easily remember to be mindful. Here are some examples:
3. Meet with a health coach
Health coaches can help you integrate mindfulness practices into your life in a way that is tailored to you. You can make an appointment with one of our health coaches to get started.
One of the best tools to use during mindfulness practices is the Mindfulness Five Senses Exercise. In order to reach your health goal using mindfulness, taking intentional pause will continue to be important for success. Here’s how it works:
Mindfulness exercises like this can help you to feel present and grounded. It’s something you can do in almost any situation and in any place.
Even though you’ve learned about some mindfulness steps you can take, it's okay if you’re still feeling a little lost.
At Vivacity Care Center, we have health coaches and behavioral health specialists available to make sure we’re taking care of your whole health. Together, we can design some mindfulness practices that will work for you and your health goals.
Dr. Pritchard is a physician at the North Spokane Care Center. She’s curious about what fuels and motivates us both physically and emotionally. Her goal is for patients to feel educated, empowered, and encouraged to live their best and healthiest lives.Meet Dr. Jlyn Pritchard
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