As women, we fulfill many roles throughout our every day. Friend, wife, daughter, student, mother, professional, etc. To say our to-do lists are full would be a massive understatement. It can be overwhelming trying to accomplish all of our daily tasks, pushing us to switch to autopilot and rush through life in order to be as productive as possible. But how much of our own well being are we willing to sacrifice for productivity? Today on the blog, Health and Wellness Coach, Jen Diaz explains why this is important and how our bodies benefit from mindfulness.
The stress of a busy life can have some unfortunate effects on us mentally, emotionally, and physically. It can lead to diseases, headaches/migraines, skin rashes, low levels of energy, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. In terms of how we relate to the people around us, stress usually brings out a side of ourselves that is more argumentative, easily annoyed, and defensive.
Over the past few years, multiple forms of mindfulness practices have become mainstream as an answer to our stressed out struggles. Mindfulness is defined as a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgement. Thankfully, it’s not a quality some have and others don’t, but we all have the power to choose it.
Creating a regular practice of mindfulness encourages us to make decisions that better align with our values and to stay focused on our purpose. It helps us to recognize the positives, eliminate unnecessary stressors, and ultimately enjoy our day-to-day lives a little more. We actually end up being more productive by becoming aware of tasks that are most important, and are better able to say no to things that don’t deserve our time or energy.
A variety of research shows that being mindful can improve symptoms of depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and OCD. It can also make us more compassionate and empathetic, two traits that are essential to our ability to handle conflicts productively and maintain healthy relationships.
What’s truly amazing is how we physically respond to the practice of mindfulness. Our brains are absolutely incredible and connect to every part of our body. Studies show that people who regularly take time to be mindful have lower blood pressure, less chronic pain, higher quality of sleep, and healthy digestion. Often referred to as our second brain, our stomachs contain the second largest amount of neurons in the body, so stress and anxiety have major impacts on our digestion. By practicing mindfulness and decreasing the levels of stress and anxiety in your life, you’ll have an easier time absorbing the nutrients from your food. This results in your body functioning optimally, and causing you to feel revitalized by your increased energy levels and stronger immune system. You’ll feel healthy and well enough to live your life like you want on a more consistent basis.
Practicing mindfulness can improve your overall quality of life. Because you’re mindful of where you are, how you feel, and what it is you really want, you’ll make better decisions throughout your day that align with your long-term goals. And you’ll probably find it even easier to successfully thrive in all your daily roles!