Your body responds to the way you think, feel, and act. When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body reacts in a way that might tell you that something isn’t right.
MIND FULL OR MINDFUL?
“Keep in mind that some days and situations will be much easier than others, but remember mindfulness takes practice. Learning how to stay present in tough situations will help you handle difficult parenting challenges with your children in a way that is positive and proactive.” – James W. Moore, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Director of Autism Solutions, Canopy Children’s Solutions
Experience personal transformation by practicing mindfulness and focusing on the present moment. Mindfulness involves paying attention to what you are experiencing in that moment with curiosity and without defense or judgement. It is learning how to recognize when your attention has wandered, and being able to shift it back to where it needs to be. Time to give it a try!
- Carefully look around.
- Notice 5 things you see.
- Close your eyes.
- Notice 5 things you hear.
- Notice 5 things you feel.
- If your mind wanders, take a deep breath. Acknowledge that thought, then let it go.
- Try the exercise again.
Did you know? Mental and physical health are connected. The VAGUS NERVE is the connection between how we think and how we feel. The nerve connects the brain with most of the major organs of the body, and controls the fight-flight-freeze response, as well as heart rate and other body health.
Low vagal tone is associated with most mental health disorders. Activities that stimulate the nerve lower heart rate, improve blood pressure, lower inflammation, and improve mental health.
Simple ways to improve the mind and body connection
- Slow, deep breathing
- Splashing Cold Water on Your Face