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Mindful Practices for Good Health

Mindful Practices for Good Health

Living life with mindful habits can have everlasting effects on your life and well-being. Therefore, for this month’s wellness topic,  we decided to focus on mindfulness. Mindfulness is the state of active and open attention to the present. When a person is mindful, they carefully observe their thoughts and feelings, without judging them as being good or bad. Rather than dwelling on the past, or anticipating the future, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to your current experience.

Practicing mindfulness can have numerous benefits like relieving stress, improving mental health, and improving overall well-being. It is something anyone can practice that is evidence-based and a way of living.

Mindful eating, therefore, is a great way to help maintain a healthy diet by simply being aware and paying attention to your natural hunger cues. It consists of eating without distractions, chewing slowly, noticing the colors, smells, textures, and flavors of your food, and simply paying attention to your internal hunger cues. Practicing mindful eating can be thought of as a lifetime practice with numerous benefits, and a great way to manage your weight.

Here is a great article with further information on mindful eating for those interested, along with an article related to practicing mindfulness, like mindfulness meditation.

Alongside mindful eating, getting an adequate amount of physical activity is essential in maintaining good health. Aiming for 45-60 minutes of exercise 4-5 times per week can make a huge difference in your life! This could easily help one manage a healthy weight, especially since surpassing caloric needs is so easy to do. Regular physical activity can also increase your energy for daily activities, reduce symptoms of depression and improve quality of life, lower risk for certain diseases, and much more.

Easy ways to add more exercise into your day can include taking walks during breaks, parking farther away from your destination, and/or choosing stairs when available. Remember, every minute of intentional movement counts. 100 calories a day can make the difference in weight gain or loss, so making even the smallest changes can have the biggest difference.

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Note: The information contained on this page is general in nature and should not be substituted for professional advice.

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