Sleep heals our bodies and minds, and is a key component of our overall well-being. A good night’s rest can change how you interact with the world by elevating your mood and improving your concentration. Researchers show that increased feelings of stress and anxiety can prevent people from having a healthy sleep routine. Studies show that with regular sleep deprivation, your attention span, mood, and memory suffer. Meditation can help prepare your body and mind for restful sleep. By allowing you to be more aware of your thoughts and to be able to let go of anxieties, mindfulness can help you sleep better.
Mindfulness is intentional act of present-moment awareness without attachment to an outcome. By having a routine and deepening mindfulness practice, you will be able to be in the present moment and redirect the energy in a more positive direction. Mindfulness can be practiced at any time, anywhere, under any circumstances without anyone even noticing.
Take three full breaths - intentional breathing supports a method to train the body's reaction to stressful situations and lessen the production of harmful stress hormones.
Head, body and heart check-in - with intentional awareness, gentleness, and kindness provided to the body in a time of challenge, we can access and achieve a sense of relaxation and calm.
Slow down - regain confidence in your experience and take a refreshing breath.
Meditate daily - Maintaining a regular, daytime mindfulness meditation practice will help you sleep better and have a healthy sleep routine. Practice out of bed - If you can't sleep, get out of bed and practice mindfulness. Try not to force it - Don't lie in the bed trying to make yourself sleep, the more you try the more it won't happen.
Bring Mindfulness to Work
Employees are more stressed than ever. Studies show that around half of workers feel stress in their jobs. By paying attention moment-by-moment to where we are and what we’re doing, mindfulness can help us choose how we will behave. Through mindfulness you will be able to promote deep focus, solve problems rather than put the blame on someone, and empower yourself.
Here are four ways mindfulness transforms how we work:
Allows you to keep a curious mind.
Teaches you the skill of responding.
Helps you remember that your thoughts are not facts.
Builds healthy habits.