Lately, I’ve been taking a deeper dive into mindfulness and energy renewal practices for mental health. In training to be an Elite Coach for My Steady Mind (MSM), a mindfulness and mental resiliency course, I am reminded of the importance of our mental health. How we think and perceive the world is incredibly interconnected with our physical wellbeing. Our thoughts drive our actions and the choices we make for our nutrition, exercise, sleep and so much more.
The MSM course teaches the importance of an Emotional Control Routine which focuses on the impact of grounding techniques like that of meditation, journaling and breathing exercises. By having these practices in place and practicing them daily, you are building up your sense of self awareness.
A strong sense of self-awareness has a direct impact on what drives you to eat and how much is enough. Developing this deeper sense, will teach you to listen to what your body is telling you. When you begin to live a more mindful lifestyle you are able to pick up fullness and hunger cues easier which helps to keep you energized and prevent overeating.
A mindfulness practice will allow you to better understand what your “cravings” are really telling you. From your body stating that it needs more food or calories to helping you to identify that maybe instead you just need to take a break, snag a quick nap or step away from a situation to get some fresh air.
Developing your mindfulness skill set though meditation, mental exercises or journaling will help you to confidently make better nutrition choices that are right for you. It will allow you to develop a stronger, more balanced lifestyle and know how to turn the tables when you find yourself off track. In learning to bolster these tools and skill sets through various exercises you will in turn find yourself to be a happier and healthier human for doing so!
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