Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Dr Patty Mulligan
For several years, I have been practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques. In my next few blogs, I will share mindfulness activities that have worked for me that are easy to integrate into your daily life.

As You Begin to Think More Mindfully

Start by taking short breaks at work or in the middle of your daily routine. Stretch your body and walk around a short distance. Take deep breaths – inhale – exhale. Stretching is an important part of all kinds of fitness. It can improve your range of motion, increase circulation, and calm your mind—which may help fend off injuries and illness, as well as bring on a better night’s sleep. Click here to learn more about how work breaks help your brain.

Consider Your Nutrition

In addition to taking short breaks comes mindfulness about healthy eating. Although the relationship is not entirely understood, well-balanced nutrition and mental health are related. Eating nutritious foods at regular intervals will help you feel more positive and energetic. Healthy eating is often equated with dieting, but the two are different. A healthy diet doesn’t feel like deprivation and should be sustainable for life. To improve your diet, choose lean cuts of meat and include fruits and vegetables daily. Avoid foods that are high in fat, sodium and sugar. Become familiar with your body’s needs. Eat when you are hungry and drink plenty of water. Eating healthy reduces your risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Oftentimes, our food choices determine our moods. Eating a healthy diet at regular intervals will help you feel more positive and energetic. Discuss concerns about your diet with your physician to ensure your health needs are met. I am available to be your ally to help you achieve your wellness and health goals. As you begin this journey with me, I will introduce you to medical doctors whose patients have turned their lives around by practicing mindfulness activities. Click here to schedule your free coaching session with me.
“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
 

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