The belief that emotional and physical health are interconnected dates back centuries. While theories may have changed over time, health practitioners understand that including mind-body approaches to health – whether mindfulness, tai chi and meditation – is just as important as paying attention to diet and exercise.
Shift Your Thoughts, Shift Your Health
Your brain and body are constantly communicating, and depending on the message being sent, your body may experience different outcomes. If your thoughts focus around negative aspects- - you may end up limiting the way you manage a situation. Expectations may also affect the kind of experience you have.
Daily Mindfullness Tips
More and more people are tapping into mindfulness because they appreciate its value and understand that it can be easily integrated into daily life. Mindfulness doesn’t have to be complicated; a few moments here and there throughout the day can make a world of difference. Mindfulness is also bio-individual: There’s no right or wrong way to practice it, and it looks different for everyone.
Practicing presence, gratitude, and acceptance are three ways to take mindful action daily.
Consider choosing one area to focus on first: presence, gratitude, or acceptance. Then pick a strategy in that area and try it for one week to see how it feels. Getting into the habit of mindfulness can generate a positive momentum toward the life you want to live.
Being present means paying attention to what’s going on internally and/or externally. Practicing presence means connecting to yourself, others and the environment rather than running on autopilot. It’s about simply noticing, being curious, focusing on the present moment, and being open to experiencing with all senses.
Practicing presence offers many benefits. It increases awareness of habits and patterns so that you can decide whether they’re serving you. It also helps you recognise and tap into innate strengths; build more positive relationships with stress, fear, pain and honor what works and doesn’t work for you.
Gratitude is an optimistic practice that can help remind you of the bigger picture. Gratitude takes you outside yourself and your daily to-dos and connects you with your values and what really matters.
It can improve physical health by inspiring self-care practices like exercise and prioritising sleep. Mentally and emotionally, gratitude helps you appreciate what you have currently. While you’re more likely to remember negative experiences, gratitude rewires the brain and shifts you toward the positive, thereby boosting resilience. It inspires you to focus on the present rather than staying stuck in the past or focusing solely on the future.
Accepting means acknowledging your current reality – including what is going on for you right now – without resistance. Kindness, curiosity, and forgiveness are all aspects of acceptance. It’s also being okay with not knowing. When you practice acceptance, you actively choose to hold possibly uncomfortable emotions instead of automatically trying to fill the void or escape with distraction.
Acceptance is more than a mind-set; it’s an active choice that inspires flexibility. It empowers you to let things go and keep moving rather than staying stuck in limiting mind-sets and behaviours. Accepting allows you to release the need for perfection, which can be liberating and open doors to new ways of thinking and doing.