Mindfulness is becoming more aware of where you are and what you’re doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.
Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind through your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. There is growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain. This can be helpful for generalized anxiety disorder, coping with stress and reactivity to stress. These are all great benefits!
How can you start your mindfulness practice?
The base of a mindfulness practice is meditation. There are 2 types of meditation you can practice: a formal meditation (seated for say 10 minutes) or informal (bringing attention to your breath throughout the day).
Try this breath meditation
How does this relate to Mindful Eating?
Mindful eating is simply the practice of mindfulness applied to food/nutrition. Read about the BASICS of mindful eating in my previous blog post.