Why It’s Good For You
So often, we rush around only to find we have been running around with our head down and have gone the wrong direction. To break this cycle, embrace the “Power of Pause.” Instead of rushing from one task to the next, give yourself a few moments to “check in” with yourself. Reflect on your intentions and make sure you are focusing your time on things that give you energy instead of depleting you. On days where you have a long list of tasks, allow yourself a moment to take a few deep breathes or listen to a favorite song to slow down and reenergize before you start on your next “to-do”.
Living in the moment has many health benefits, one of which is that we are less likely to overeat. Mindful eating helps us maintain a healthy body weight. So often, not only are we rushing from task to task, but we are also eating on the run as well. Distracted and hurried eating takes away from the simple pleasures of eating and it does not give our brains time to register (it takes about 20 minutes) that we have eaten and feel full. Being more mindful when eating helps our digestive system and will most likely prevent you from overeating.
What feelings would come to the surface if we were not so busy? It is important to examine our reasons for busyness. Our emotions are a guide, they help us navigate life. Take some time for reflection and allow yourself to recognize your emotions. When we recognize an emotion, it is easier to regulate and naming it helps us talk about it and get support.
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