Health is definitely wealth, especially for us women entrepreneurs. One way to stay healthy, mind and body, is through mindfulness practice. The word ‘mindfulness’ has been going around since 2017 and became a trend. But beyond that, it can benefit you in many ways.
The Mayo Clinic defines mindfulness as ”a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.” With practicing it, you explore breathing methods, and guided imagery among others to help relax our whole-being.
Why should you start being mindful?
Most of us have become distracted with our schedules, technology, and the constant worry of the current health situation making us feel disconnected. So, let’s connect back with ourselves through mindfulness.
Many women business owners have engaged in this practice and saw positive results towards themselves and their businesses. It’ll help with managing stress, shows improved memory and attention, decreases burnout, and emotion management are just some of the many health benefits of being mindful. A very big plus, you can do it anytime and anywhere.
If you’re starting on practicing mindfulness, here’s a simple strategy that you can follow:
Slowing down and just taking that time to breathe is very necessary. We’ve been accustomed to the competition in the business we do and we feel we don’t get fazed easily anymore, but that’s not the case all the time. At least 37% of fempreneurs practice meditation according to a past research done by Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
There are free meditation apps like Relax Now and Exhale that you can download on your phone. Isn’t that convenient? All the more reason to start meditation.
Daily gratitude practice
Practicing gratitude can help us focus on the positive side of the present moment. We remind yourself of all the things that you’re thankful for. Pause your worries of the future and stop rehashing the past. Let yourself be available to positive vibes and feel the gratitude course through yourself.
Be attentive to what you eat
Through eating we can also practice mindfulness. Most of the time we’re distracted when we eat, like eating too fast or eating while watching in front of the tv or your laptop. When was the last time you paid attention to what you ate? We often give into cravings because we deserve it after a long day at work, but that’s far from what mindfulness is. It has been found by research that mindfulness eating helps improve our digestive health.
Check your body
Your body functions’ continues to be active no matter what you do. It doesn’t know how to stop, but you are able to help it pause. The very thing you should be aware of the signals your body sends you. So, take the time to check in with your body. Check what you are feeling. Do you feel any tension in any part of your body? Feeling any body aches? Is your mental health okay? When you take a pause and bring your attention to your health, you’ll be able to determine that you need to focus on taking care of your body better.
Schedule your “switch off” time
This is the time you allow yourself to detach from your work. Go on a spa day, relax at home, or do whatever you feel like doing. De-stress from the past week. It’s your time to not feel sorry for not doing any work. Take that weekend off to spend time with yourself. You and your body need it.
If you're looking into reconnecting with your mind, body, and soul, Women Empowering Women Now members enjoy monthly Mind, Body, & Soul Classes. Just one of the many activities they enjoy. If you're interested to join, visit here.
Doreen Dilger, Certified Business Coach, Author, Artist and Founder of Women Empowering Women Now.