March 17, 2021

 

Kinetiq Health has started a new series called, Better Health in 90, to bring you health tips in 90 seconds or less from our expert clinical team.

This month we’re focusing on mental health, a phrase we’ve heard countless times over the past year. But do you really know what all encompasses mental health? In this video, Ali Harris, MS discusses the benefits of being more mindful throughout the day.

Read on for more information!

Tips to be More Mindful

Being more mindful and positive mental health goes hand in hand. In the simplest terms, mindfulness is being present and being aware of yourself and others in the moment.

Mindfulness can help with feelings of anxiety or stress, having trouble concentrating or experiencing difficult emotions. A study published in the National Library of Medicine showed that consistent acts of mindfulness can lower stress, increase emotional intelligence and help people get a better night’s sleep.

There are easy ways to start being more mindful that aren’t the traditional ways we think of mindfulness, like meditating or doing yoga for an hour. Mindfulness doesn’t have to take up much time or be something that causes stress, but it should be intentional.

Implement these few tips from Ali Harris, MS to take steps towards being more mindful in your everyday life:

  • Put your phone down – How often is your phone out of sight when having a conversation or performing a task? We can all probably say almost never. Try putting your phone down and out of sight when engaging in conversation with friends and family to give them your full attention.
  • Do one thing at a time – According to a Stanford University study, multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. You’re better off devoting all of your attention to one task, complete that task and then move on to the next. Hint: Abide by the first tip and this one will come much easier!
  • 5-5-7 breathing – This breathing technique can help you begin meditating in a quick and easy way! If you’re unfamiliar with meditating or meditating is too intimidating for you, use a breathing technique that can help calm your mind and focus on a single breath. Take a breath in slowly, through your nose to a count of five seconds. Hold your breath for five seconds. Then slowly exhale through your lips, as your belly contracts-inward, for seven seconds.

Incorporating mindfulness exercises into your daily routine can help with self and social awareness and can be very beneficial for your mental health. The exercises above are meant for anyone and everyone to discover the power of mindfulness in efficient ways.

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