I found that the mindfulness lifestyle benefited my health and total wellbeing. Be sure to watch the video where I share more of my experience in mindfulness.
Most days I now start with a Bible reading, meditation, and prayer. I find it helps set me up for a focused and relaxed start to the day. I then do a workout that may last up to 45 mins. I ensure that I approach my exercise Mindfully, to get the very best out of it. I do another prayer /meditation before bed which I’ve found helps me to totally unwind so I can have some better-quality sleep.
I would not have created this blog, videos, my course, and books if it wasn’t for mindfulness which has acted as a therapy in so many ways for me. Therefore, I am totally enthusiastic about mindfulness and want others to benefit from it too.
Apart from understanding the benefits of mindfulness, I believe I am called to share hope, faith, and love, that our maker bestows, and mindfulness has all those elements.
So, I am pleased to write about my own journey I have read that it’s a waste of my time and my energy to tell everyone how amazing mindfulness is and how much it has helped me in my everyday life. I found a problem with this idea that in my enthusiasm, it’s but hard to put into practice when something has changed your life so profoundly! Also, haven’t we a responsibility to help enhance the lives of others, in any way we can?
All my life, I have carried for my mind, body as well as soul the best I could, however, I was always an overthinker which made me anxious, which lead to a habit of being a worrywart.
I enjoy being well organized and want to be always one footstep ahead of myself, so I set out a project plan to run for every quarter of the year. However, looking ahead to my goals, I can overthink them and fail to focus on the task in front of me.
Also, in a social setting My mind would grind ahead to projects so when I should be enjoying the moment, in my head I was planning things out.
I would overthink to the point that I would out plan my life and worry about the possible circumstances of my old age or death ( I officiate at a lot of funerals) .
The past would catch up with me as I worried about the stupid things I should not have said or done, and the good things that I should have said and done.
So basically, I supposed everyone did this, that their minds were bursting with stuff they were thinking, stuff they wanted to say, all the time.
The problem was that I would burn out from all the overthinking and worry. my poor limited mind would overload with it all, the consideration of the past, present, and future.
I once was in an abusive marriage. It was then I developed panic attacks that went on for hours, and with the overthinking/worrying habits my suffering was made worse.
With the upset, my stomach would twist and churn till I felt sick. I would often ruse to the loo because of diarrhoea that was caused by nervousness. each morning I dreaded waking up because I knew I would be anxious and physically ill before I even began my day. The possibilities of things through the day to worry about were massive. I am also very dyslexic, so I shied away from anything to do with the discussion, writing, or public speaking as much I could. Due to my dyslexia, form filling out, writing, and reading caused me GREAT anxiety.
I was eventually diagnosed with depression, general anxiety disorder, and irritable bowel syndrome. I did not want to take medications for all of them but opted to change my diet and lifestyle instead.
I wanted to heal the natural way by becoming more self-aware, so when I discovered Mindfulness I felt liberated! The bonus was that by connecting Mindfulness with my lifestyle and the health of my mind, body, or soul, I felt in control of my life once again.
I found that for me mindfulness worked well if I made it a ‘lifestyle’ rather than as a practice where one dips in and out. By way of practice, I would forget to be mindful but making it a lifestyle soon became second nature.
The detail of creating well-habits is dealt with in another blog post.
For good mental health, Mindfulness is a beautiful way to conquer thoughts that produce stress, particularly in the first stages when you feel overwhelmed with the damaging assault of thoughts.
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