Being aware of your REAL goals and what you are doing to achieve them is the main key to bringing you nearer to your dreams. There’s not much you can do if you don’t believe in yourself and your capability of achieving what you always have dreamed of. Now the big question is, how can you get to this point?
The answer is easy, it’s actually a healthy formula that states: “if you want to be healthy and productive at the same time, just STOP”. Sounds a bit odd, doesn’t it? What I mean by stop, is to take some time out, a few minutes for yourself, and STOP being busy. You see, many busy working professionals feel exhausted and under pressure in their jobs, time is not something they can see or even enjoy. Their lifestyle doesn’t let them set some minutes apart for themselves, so they could connect with their inner energy and release tension. However, there’s a huge detail that is often ignored, being that you are the owner of your time. If you feel motivated and thriving, you will be able to optimize your time and set your main priorities, thus achieve any goals you have, whether they are life goals or health goals.
Incorporating mindfulness into our lives has an immense effect not only on our emotions and memory but also on our overall health and wellness. Numerous studies have been conducted, showing that regular mindful practice improves our happiness levels and reduces stress. But besides the more obvious, it helps us also to reduce weight, improve digestion, cardiovascular health, balance our hormones and boosts our immune system besides many other health benefits.
Often the best results are reached through simple techniques and regular (aka daily) practice. For me, I was able to implement a daily meditation practice by starting with 3 minutes and once I formed the habit, I increased the duration. Daily breathing techniques helped me to improve my focus and memory, reduce stress and increase my energy. There are different techniques that I use at different times.
If you want to increase your productivity, you may want to start practicing these mindfulness techniques:
Put one hand on the chest and the other on the belly, take a deep breath in through the nose, until it expands the Diaphragm, and then let it slowly out. Do so for 3 minutes a day and build up to 10 minutes. You can keep your eyes open or closed.
This is great to calm down your mind especially before events or an exam. It also helps with anxiety and panic attacks. This can be a stand-alone meditation practice or part thereof.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply while focusing on pleasant, positive images to replace any negative thoughts. Usually done as a guided meditation you can also do it yourself by visualizing yourself in a nice spot and purposefully see, hear, feel, smell and taste while you are in your favorite spot for a few minutes.
This is helping a lot with goal achievement and positive mood.
Try one of these practices today and feel how your energy starts floating. Always remember, if you want to be healthy and productive, just STOP! The time you dedicate to yourself is the key to success. Always take care of your mind and body, they will be with you the rest of your life!
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