Putting it all together…….. “Mindful movement” is an effective way to reduce stress with physical and psychological benefits including relaxation, greater equanimity, better concentration, and improved mood. When you are too exhausted to use thought control strategies such as focusing on the positive, or looking at the situation from another angle, movement can come to the rescue. By working out, practicing yoga, going on a meditative walk by yourself, or going for a walk with someone, you may gain access to a “back door” of positive mental changes that can help you feel better.
Focusing on school and work is always busy but there are loads of reasons to prioritize daily movement. Personally, my daily walk or work in the garden are good examples of ‘mindful movement’ that benefits me. Instead of letting my thoughts race, I practice focusing on my breathing and the nature that surrounds me. Even just ten minutes can lower your level of tension, stress and anxiety. Controlled diaphragm breathing is a way to signal your body to begin relaxing and start to calm its stress response. Don’t fight the thoughts that pop into your mind…notice them, allow them to be as they are, and refocus back to the breath sensations. So, be kind to yourself, take a deep breath, spend sometime with ‘yourself’ and the moment.
Submitted by Brenda Scott, Wellness Counsellor
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