Mindfulness is about peacefully observing yourself without the interruption of criticism. When you are aware of yourself, you can readily observe any negative thoughts. This allows you to deal with the effects giving you full control of your well-being.
Historically, mindfulness originated from the ancient meditation practices in Buddhism. In the 1970s, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, founded the Stress Reduction Clinic using a modern take on mindfulness.
Presently, mindfulness and its research have made great strides in modern medicine and have been recognized as a complement to primary treatments.
A Touch of Science behind Mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation has been proven to effectively assist in favorable structural changes in the brain thus delaying the onset of such conditions like Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment.
The goal is to practice mindfulness meditation consistently by using relaxation techniques. Relaxation starts by activating the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems. These systems are in charge of regulating the body’s unconscious actions allowing the body to be in a clear and aware mental state.
Let’s Travel Mindfully
So how can you apply mindfulness while you are on vacation? Read the following so you can use it on your next getaway:
Are you a nervous flyer? Does the sound of the engines whirring cause you to kind of hyperventilated? Using mindfulness tactics can ease you of anxiety symptoms related to the fear of flying thus allowing you to stay calm and be in the driver seat of your emotions.
Use the following practice the next time you are buckle in your plane seat:
We get so easily distracted with thoughts about our daily routines and responsibilities. It is no different to experience them when we are on vacation. So to help you, here are some tips:
Use a journal to help you stay present amidst your adventure: Include a timeline, visual collage of pictures, written napkin notes, and other fun reminders. Include descriptions and your emotional state on each candid and impromptu photo you collect.
Another fun way to share your moments, is to download the Dayre app on your smart phone device. This is a fun interactive diary use to record your memorable moment using a simple post or a video. Plus, you can revisit it whenever you want. Dayre is available on both iOs and Android smart phone devices.
Be aware of the different and new sounds that encircled you. A study found that listening to the sounds of nature can reduce your heart rate and decrease muscle tension. If you must listen, smooth reggae beats per minute has been proven to keep your heart rate in relax mode.
After you take that lovely food picture for the Gram, put your food away and bring your attention to your plate! Enjoy the taste, smell, look of your food free from external distractions. Eating slower and enjoying your food allows you to eat mindfully.
After Vacation Blues
It is that dreaded feeling we all get when we get back home after having a blast on vacation. It can take on the form as tiredness, an inability to settle, change in appetite and/or intense feelings of longing to be “back there.” Interesting enough, there are practices that you can do to ease the symptoms:
Reflecting on your experiences does bring you happiness so share photos with family and friends to restore your joy.
Look into participating in some form of relaxing moving meditation like tai chi or yoga. These exercises are great at lifting your mood, assist in eliminating toxins, and improving balance and coordination.
Using mindfulness gives you a sense of appreciation by living in the present while you vacation and can be used everyday when you’re not. But for now, nama’stay in vacation mode 😉
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Source: “Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness” by Dr. J. Kabat-Zinn