Mindfulness, gratitude diary, embrace happy and slow living there is a new approach on the block, it has been gaining momentum and pace (ironic really when it is about slowing down) on the internet and in how we are trying to live. It is a refreshing approach encouraging us to notice the finer details, to take time. As busy parents we often live everything at a break neck speed, we dash from activity to activity, from school run to work and then back again. We fit in dancing clubs, swimming lessons, cubs and scouts.
We are tired, we are worn out and born from this is change. Many of us vowing this year to make a change to get better balance and this is being fed by mindfulnesss.
What is the ABC of mindfulness?
A is for awareness – Becoming more aware of what you are thinking and doing – whats going on in your mind and body.
B is for “just Being” with your experience. Avoiding the tendency to respond on auto-pilot and feed problems by creating your own story.
C is for seeing things and responding more wisely. By creating a gap between the experience and our reaction to, we can make wiser choices.
If you have ever got in the car and driven and then realised that you have reached your destination on auto-pilot you are doing the opposite of mindfulness. You are multitasking and not enjoying the moment, taking the details. The impact that his is having is that we are rushing through the days, we are not enjoying the moment or even noticing the moment. I left my phone in my jacket at my parents over the weekend and my initial thought was panic – yet it was strangely refreshing not to be at the beck and call of a beep.
I am trying to be much more aware of things, I am noting the small things, I am taking time at the end of each day to reflect on what has made me happy. To think about what I am grateful for. To help me do this I am using slimpods and I am using a combination of slimpods, chill pods and fit pods. You listen to these daily and it only takes nine minutes. As a result I am eating better, moving more and feeling so much better. I am taking time to recognise how I feel during the day and in two weeks there have been some noticeable changes and I have lost 4lb to boot.
In addition to Slimpods I am using a Pranamat which is an Eco Massage Mat. I have a sport massage every four weeks. It is essential to my well being and I have had them monthly for the past four years. I have always suffered with aching and tired joints and this has been my way of looking after myself. Chloe, my teen, is also a huge fan her hypermobility means that she too often pulls muscles or feels fatigued and in a bid to keep her strong and healthy she too has massages. Therefore when we were offered the pranamat to use at home we were both intrigued to see if it would benefit us. The mat can be used for relaxation, banishing headaches, promoting well being and aiding better sleep.
- Lying on Pranamat ECO stimulates endorphin release; a hormone that acts as the body’s natural painkiller in order to effectively relieve both acute and chronic headaches.
- Pranamat ECO can relieve muscle tension and spasms, which tend to be a common cause of persistent headaches.
- Blood flow is increased to local areas during the use of Pranamat ECO, in order to improve oxygen levels within the blood to relieve headaches and reduce muscle spasms.
Chloe and I have both noticed a positive change whilst we have been using it. We both use it to sit on (not at the same time obviously)! and we also lie on it.
The Pranamat is £79 which is the price of a couple of massages and therefore for us it is a good price. This works really well in conjunction with the other methods we are using to be more mindful. We ensure we take some time each day to slow down, relax and think about the day. I can only see this becoming more beneficial in the fast paced society we are living. I encourage everyone to be more mindful and look after yourself emotionally.
Disclosure: I have been gifted the Thinking Slimmmer pods and the Pranamat for the purpose of the reviews.