Unless you have been living in a cave without TV, radio or the internet, you cannot have failed to notice that the Olympics have just finished.
In all seriousness, you cannot help marvel at the physical fitness and dedication of all those sports people (and horses!) who have taken part; many breaking personal, Olympic and world records.
This lead me to think about another sort of fitness; one that most people do not even think about - the fitness of the mind. An important part of each and every one of us.
Let’s just think about walking the dog; an activity that is encouraged, even if you don’t have a dog, as it gets you out for some fresh air, exercise, and some Vitamin D - when the sun is shining anyway.
However, if you think about taking the dog out, it's most likely that it's only the dog that is mentally ‘in’ the park. The human will likely have their mind elsewhere; thinking about work, family, what's for tea even - thoughts racing about 100 miles an hour, potentially leading to feelings of anxiety, stress and possibly depression. So while the walk may be benefitting them physically; unless the human is able to free their mind, the holistic effect of the walk may well be lost.
So, what is being mindful? Mindfulness is a thought process that allows us to pay attention to, and clearly see what is happening in our lives at present. While it cannot eliminate life’s pressures, it can be a good way to help you deal with them in a calmer manner that is beneficial to your overall well-being.
There are numerous websites available that discuss and promote mindfulness and mindfulness techniques including meditation:
NHS Website: Mindfulness
So, if all the excitement of the Olympics has made you take up some extra exercise or take part in a new sport, great, but spare a thought for your mind too!
Healthy Body + Healthy Mind = Happy Life!