MINDFULNESS TIPS FOR WOMEN ON THE GO
From candlelit yoga classes to drop-in meditation sessions, today the practice of mindfulness is more accessible than ever –the hard part for most is finding the time to fit it into their busy schedule.
But with 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing mental health problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, carrying out simple mindfulness techniques could make all the difference to living a healthier and more balanced life.
At Silou, we believe that every woman deserves to feel good inside and out, that’s why we develop garments that are both stylish and ethical. All of our apparel has been designed to meet the needs of ambitious, active and driven women, but we also recognise the need to slow down from time-to-time, in order to reset and rebalance the mind.
Building on our commitment towards exercise as a way to incorporate goodness and tranquility into our everyday lives, we also encourage the practice of mindfulness.
Between work, family and fitness, we realise that it might not be at the top of everyone’s list, but by building even five minutes a day into your daily routine, it can help you to better understand your emotions, improve your relationships and defend yourself against the stresses of everyday life.
To help you on your road to discovering mindfulness, here are some simple methods you can try today, whether you’re in the office, on the road, or taking ten minutes…
CATCH YOUR BREATH
A great exercise to practice first thing in the morning, focusing on your breath allows you control your mindset and set your intentions for the day.
Start by getting into a comfortable seated position with your feet planted on the ground. Once you’re settled take a few moments to notice how your body feels and eventually close your eyes. Begin to focus on your breath –– on your first breath in count ‘one’, on your next breath out count ‘two’, and so on, all the way up to ten.
Once you’ve finished, start again and repeat the process for any length of time between 5-20 minutes. At the end notice how clear your mind feels.
The trick is to build the practice into a habit. Repetition builds results.
PICK A COLOUR
Whether you’re on your lunch break, walking to the Tube or out for a stroll, the next time you go for a walk pick a colour and see how many things or objects you can spot in your chosen shade.
For example, take green –– trees, grass, leaves, clothing –– by focusing on everything that is colour, you’ll calm your busy mind and step into the present moment. That’s what mindfulness is all about; living in the present.
You may find that it’s difficult to focus, but persevere. Beyond all of the noise is a place of calm and joy.
DUMP YOUR THOUGHTS
If your mind starts to race the moment you settle down to go to sleep you’re not alone. Switching off after a hectic day is a common problem, but setting aside 5-10 minutes each evening can help to rid your mind of whirring thoughts.
Grab a pen and notepad and scribble down any thoughts that are playing on your mind. From to-do lists and reminders to doodles, a quick brain dump can help to calm the mind and boost creativity.
Both Tatiana and Phoebe are big believers in adding a mindfulness practice to your daily routine. Why not try one of the above exercises today.