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Spring Reboot – Mindfulness Practices for Your Mental Wellness

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Springtime brings a sense of renewal and rejuvenation, encouraging us to let go of negative thoughts and embrace a more positive outlook on life. The sight of blooming flowers, chirping birds, and bright sunshine can lift our spirits and boost our mood, reminding us that there is always something to look forward to. It’s no wonder that it has a positive impact on our physical and mental health. So, let’s welcome spring with open arms, and let its cheerful and uplifting energy fill our hearts and minds with happiness and positivity!

Spring can be a wonderful time to start something new, like practising mindfulness and connecting with the nature around us.

Mindfulness is a concept that has been studied extensively in the field of psychology, neuroscience, and contemplative traditions.There is a large and growing body of research that provides evidence of its benefits and effectiveness.

Mindfulness has been shown to improve cognitive function, such as attention, memory, and executive function, in both healthy individuals and those with cognitive impairments.
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Focusing on breathing and feeling the water on your skin are effective ways to lessen anxiety and stress, and to enhance general wellbeing

Benefits of practicing mindfulness

Here are the most surprising benefits of practising mindfulness:

1- Reduces stress 

Several studies have shown that mindfulness practices can reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, and improve overall psychological well-being.

Scientists affiliated with the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have conducted a number of studies on mindfulness and the brain. In one study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they found that long-term mindfulness meditation practitioners showed increased activity in brain regions associated with positive emotions and decreased activity in regions associated with negative emotions. Research also suggests that, in the long run, regular practice of mindfulness can actually change the function of the brain in ways that protect against mental illness and promote resilience.

 

2- Improves physical health 

Mindfulness has been linked to a range of physical health benefits, including improved immune function, reduced inflammation, and lower blood pressure.

Researchers at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine have conducted studies on the effects of mindfulness on physical health, including studies on chronic pain and cardiovascular health. In one study, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, researchers found that participants who practised mindfulness meditation had reduced inflammation and improved immune function. 

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3- Supports longevity and cellular health

Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist at the University of California, San Francisco, has conducted research on the cellular effects of mindfulness meditation. In one study, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, Blackburn and her colleagues found that a group of women who practised mindfulness meditation for six weeks had increased activity of telomerase, an enzyme associated with longer telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that shorten with age and stress.

 

4- Improves cognitive performance

Mindfulness has been shown to improve cognitive function, such as attention, memory, and executive function, in both healthy individuals and those with cognitive impairments.

This also leads to improved school or workplace productivity, reduced absenteeism, better job satisfaction, and better results in school.

6 ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life

Considering all these positive effects, why not take conscious steps towards a “spring reboot” that will help you to refresh and renew yourself during the spring season. This can involve various activities and practices such as decluttering and organising your living space, engaging in physical activity and exercise, eating healthily, going outside in nature, connecting with friends and loved ones, trying out new hobbies or activities, and setting new goals and intentions for the season ahead. The idea is to shed the stagnation of winter and embrace the fresh start that comes with the changing of the seasons.

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Embrace nature's rebirth in spring and refresh your body, mind, and spirit
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Gain insight into your mental and emotional patterns, find the sources of negativity, and create more effective coping mechanisms by journaling thoughts and feelings

Here are some ways to incorporate mindfulness into your springtime routine:

∙ Spend time in nature: Take a walk in a park or go for a hike to observe the new growth and changes in the environment. Planning a spring getaway at the seaside can have amazing effects on your well-being – find more inspiration in our article Seaside Holidays – 8 Benefits For The Mind, Body, And Soul.

∙ Mindful gardening: Plant a garden or tend to your existing indoor and outdoor plants mindfully, taking notice of the colours, textures, and scents of the plants, and the sensations of working with the soil.

∙ Spring cleaning: Approach spring cleaning mindfully, taking time to declutter and organise your space in a deliberate and intentional way. Check out our article about Spring Decluttering for useful tips, and make your home spark joy!

∙ Mindful movement: Practice yoga or engage in other gentle physical activities like stretching or tai chi, paying attention to the sensations in your body as you move.

∙ Gratitude practice: Take time to appreciate the beauty of the season and the many things you are grateful for, such as longer days, warmer weather, and the chance to connect with loved ones outdoors. Turn to your roots and dear ones for support and advice. Discover more about it in our article Achieve Well-Being Through Showing Gratitude – Celebrating Grandparent’s Day.

∙ Mindful eating: Enjoy seasonal produce mindfully, taking the time to savour the flavours and textures of fruits and vegetables that are in season – like spinach and nettles!

 

Mindfulness is about being fully present and engaged with the present moment – so find what works for you and embrace the opportunities for mindfulness that spring has to offer.

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