Recently I was reading about mindfulness techniques that are helpful for athlete performance and realized just how easily these same tips could also be applied to former athletes and even non-athletes. What is mindfulness exactly? Mindfulness is allowing yourself to bring awareness to what is happening in the current moment. This involves being considerate of how your thoughts and feelings are affecting your overall mood. When we are mindful we are more aware of the things we can control and less likely to be affected by past and future events. Being mindful can provide us with the mental clarity we need to thrive throughout the week.
Listen to your body
As women doing our thing in society, we are expected to do things fast, well, and with a smile. Our body usually gives us signs when things are not aligned. If you experience recurring headaches, back pain, or any other sensations that don’t feel like your usual self, slow down and focus on the why. Take some time evaluate the why behind what your body is trying to tell you. Working out the why behind the pain could make you feel better physically and mentally.
2. Be Kind to Yourself
Practicing gratitude is so important for your mental. You are an amazing person capable of greatness. It is a powerful tool when you believe this about yourself. Taking some time to be kind and give yourself affirmations increases your self-esteem, and is a great reminder that you are really awesome. Trying taking a few minutes at the beginning of your week to make a list of all the amazing things about yourself and put it in a place it can be viewed throughout the week. A boost of self confidence can increase your productivity and allow you to place focus and energy on the things in your life that really matter.
3. Practice Deep Breathing
Focusing on your breathing has a way of giving your mind some time to focus on what is happening in the present moment. Some people practice breathing techniques with yoga. No time to make it to the studio, no problem. There are many yoga videos provided on youtube that are as short as 15 minutes or less. Guided meditation is also helpful. Breathing increases blood flow, lowers your heart rate and can be very relaxing.
Let us know how these tips have helped you thrive throughout the week!