I’m sitting drafting this in my lunch-break on my laptop while I get a pedicure. One hand is on my phone; I’ve just finished texting a reminder to a client, part of me is wondering if I have set up the classroom properly for after lunch, another part is preparing for my 315pm BoxFit class, while an email flicks up about an Art Auction I’ve agreed to co-organise and then as I contemplate dinner, I briefly acknowledge – too much is going on at one time.
But, oh my days.. this is my life and I have to be honest and say I love it.
I can remember by Grandad timing me to sit still at the dining room table as a little girl with not very much success and nothing has changed. In fact, as I have got older, that need to fit more in and not miss out on anything has increased to the point where I actively avoid having ‘nothing to do’. I was reading an article recently where it talked about ‘Superwoman Syndrome’, named in the 80s for the woman that wants it all and my hand is up. That is me! I have friends that joke about it, a nutritionist who throws her hands up at it and a partner in crime who accepts my busyness, does his best to get me to drop down a gear and picks me up, dusts me off when the occasional speed hump hits – which I won’t lie, does happen!
We live in an age where we are always accessible which doesn’t help my cause. With multiple things on the go at once, I know I’m not the only one to shy away from solitude / time out / putting our feet up, because there are 101 other things we could be doing instead.
I will never be the type to spend a day away watching tv, laze in bed till 11 or even potter aimlessly around at home despite sometimes wishing I could and the thought of a day of ‘forced relaxation’ would stress me out more than anything. But, I have realised this is OK. Instead I have a selection of ‘activities’ I love that take me away from everyday stresses, calm and quiet the mind. Swimming, a walk through the bush, painting, writing, exercising and my best discovery yet; mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice of observing thoughts, feelings, sensations with the indifference of being an observer without judgment. It doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming, or even require me to sit still for 20 minutes or more. It is simple, practical and I can fit it into everyday activities.
For 5 minutes, we can allow our world to still, our minds to calm and we can be totally present in the moment.
Mindfulness has many benefits and has been proven to:
– relieve stress
– reduces depression and anxiety
– lowers blood pressure
– improve chronic pain
– improve sleep
– increases productivity and creative thinking
This is an easy one for me. It’s quick, effective and has such a positive effect on both our mental and physical health as you can see above, that I’d be silly not to give it a go. In fact, after trialling it in a Sunday traveling session months ago with clients, they more often than not request it and it is now a favourite part of the class that we all look forward to.
Click on the photo below for a guided moment of mindfulness. Take 3 minutes out of your day, stay kind and non judgemental through the process and present in the moment and enjoy!