Over the last few weeks, I’ve been talking about mindfulness on the blog, podcast, and my social media channels A LOT.
To the point that I’m willing to bet a lot of readers are thinking “AGAIN?!”
My response? Yes, again 🙂
It’s true – for a personal trainer writing on a blog that started as a blog for all things fitness, there’s not a whole lot of fitness goin’ on here these days.
That doesn’t mean I’m not getting my sweat on. I’m loving the always-empty gym in my building, weekly yoga and pilates classes, the occasional spin class, and adventures in the mountains.
But to be honest, I feel like I’ve said what I have to say about fitness. That doesn’t mean I’ll never post another workout or talk about triathlons, deadlifts, and sweat.
But there’s another area I’m so passionate about at the moment. An area that’s changing my life for the better, and one I know SO many people will benefit from learning more about.
And that area is mindfulness.
My story on how mindfulness is helping ease my anxiety is another post for another day (although I’ve shared snippets of it on Facebook), but I want you to know that the reason I’m talking so much about mindfulness is because I believe it will help you.
I coach a lot of people from different walks of life. But there’s one similarity between them all – stress.
For some, it’s lifestyle-related stress. For others, it’s nutritional stress. And for many, it’s work-related stress.
The benefits of mindfulness with regards to stress can’t be ignored. It reduces anxiety by bringing you into the present moment and out of the past or the future. It allows you to be more focused, and ultimately more productive. It allows you to experience greater contentment with where you’re at in life, and it can reduce the number of self-sabotaging moments you experience.
These things – anxiety, feeling scattered, feeling less-than and unhappy inside a body, emotional eating/drinking/working – are among the most common reasons the people I work with don’t get the results they want as fast as they want.
We’re constantly shown “the best 5 moves for a flatter belly” or “6 superfoods that will make your life amazing”, but if we continue to allow ourselves to get caught up in the day-to-day, none of those things are going to work.
Maybe they will for a short time, but not for the long-term.
And I’m not here to promote quick fixes that lead to short-term results. I’m here to empower people to make lasting lifestyle shifts, so they can live the lives they want to live for the long-term.
And I really do believe that comes from incorporating more stillness into your life, and deepening your connection with yourself.
Scary shit, right? 😉
For a long time, I thought so too. But it’s actually not that bad. You don’t have to turn into a raw-vegan Yogi Guru. You don’t have to completely shut your brain off. Simply focusing on the present moment can be enough to induce some massive shifts in your mindset and the way you feel on a day-to-day basis.
If you don’t believe me, sign up for my free 10-day course on mindfulness. It’ll make it seem not so scary, I promise.
I’ve mentioned a few benefits of living more mindfully, but let’s get an in-depth look, shall we?
The Benefits of Mindfulness
- Decreased stress
- Reduced anxiety
- Greater self-compassion
- Greater body appreciation
- Greater focus
- Greater productivity
- Increased immune function
- Increased well-being.
Countless studies have proven the benefits of mindfulness. One such study found that employees who participated in an 8-week mindfulness intervention experienced lower levels of work-related stress, greater levels of job satisfaction, and increased job performance (Shonin, Van Gordon, Dunn, Singh, & Griffiths, 2014).
Another study found that mindfulness reduces stress, fatigue, and psychological distress, especially for those dealing with mental illness (Huang, Li, Huang, and Tang, 2015).
This is not just some woo-woo thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with the woo. You know I love my crystals, cards, and magic 😉
But please don’t let ideas of what meditation has to look like turn you off from mindfulness. There are SO many wonderful benefits that you are SO worthy of experiencing.
You deserve to feel more calm.
You deserve to feel more connected to your body.
You deserve to feel more present in your day-to-day activities.
So go on. Sit and focus on your breath for 30 seconds. Pay attention to how your body feels when you exercise. Try a guided meditation. Begin experimenting to see what works for you.
And if you want more help, you can try out my free 10-day Mindfulness 101 Course. You’ll get a new mindful prompt delivered by email every day for 10 days, and each will only take a few minutes.
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Meditation Awareness Training for work-related wellbeing and job performance: A randomized controlled trial. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction Shonin, E., Van Gordon, W., Dunn, T., Singh, N., & Griffiths, M. D. (2014.)
The Potential for Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Workplace Mental Health Promotion: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial Huang, Li, Huang, and Tang, (2015.)