October is Emotional Wellness Month and I am reflecting on just how difficult it can be for all of us to take care of our emotional wellness with the significant demands we have in our personal and professional lives. As someone prone to getting stressed out and feeling overwhelmed easily, one of the biggest things that has helped me to become calmer, more present and more compassionate is studying mindfulness.
Mindfulness seems insanely easy but is certainly one of the hardest things to do when we are constantly thinking about the past or worrying about the future. My meditation teacher often reminds me that like anything in life, it is about practice. You can train your brain to become more mindful not only by meditation but by looking for small opportunities throughout your day to truly live in the present moment. This month my challenge to you is to practice mindfulness while eating.
When you eat, only eat. Stop multitasking while eating. Food is never as satisfying if you are driving, using your smartphone, watching television or surfing on the net. Create a calm, non-rushed and pleasant eating experience. Think about the farmer that grew your food, the sensory aspect of the sight, smell, taste and texture of the food. Think about the positive nourishment the food is providing to your body. These types of mindful eating experiences can be a small part of your day to help you reduce stress and improve your relationship with food. Give it a try!
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