Often we find ourselves looking backward or planning ahead. We replay the events of our day, or line up our "to-do" list for tomorrow, or dream about vacation possibilities. What we often forget is to simply take a minute (or three) to fully immerse ourselves in what's happening right now. It's called mindfulness, and it's a daily practice that can pay immediate dividends for your health, happiness and journey toward your weight-loss goals.
In the moment
Mindfulness is defined as being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the present moment, without judging them as good or bad. The benefits, according to research: higher levels of well-being, improved life and relationship satisfaction, and reduced stress. Mindfulness has also been shown to increase focus and attention. In other words, you're able to keep your goals top of mind and be more aware of how your choices trip you up, or keep you on course.
Find your focus
One great way to increase your own mindfulness is to practice meditation. In the WW app, you'll find short guided meditations specially curated by our partner, Headspace. Or, you can take mindfulness breaks on your own, just setting aside a little time during your day to focus your attention on the present moment. These steps will help get you started:
- Select something to focus on. You might choose a color, a sound, or just your breath.
- Spend two minutes focusing on what you've selected. For example, you could choose the color red, looking around for every red item in your surroundings. Or you might try to notice all the many different sounds you can hear. Or, if you simply choose your breath, close your eyes and feel yourself inhale and exhale.
- During this time, other thoughts will naturally flow in and out of your mind. When you notice them, let them be there and just gently bring your attention back to your chosen focus.
Two minutes of bliss
You need a few minutes at most for this kind of mindfulness practice, and you can do it anywhere — in an elevator, while making dinner or walking to your car after work.
Try it for yourself, and the more you practice it, the more likely you'll begin to feel more naturally focused on your journey, aware of the healthier habits you're forming each day.