Movement can be used as a healthy distraction, but have you ever used it for mindfulness? A walk or run where you stay present and enjoy the open air without being stuck in your head and checking out. Leave the music at home as you enjoy the sounds outside and stay present in the moment. Take the time to enjoy your senses and remember what you saw, heard, felt, and smelled.
Did you pet animals or see any cool graffiti? How did you feel during your movement both physically and mentally? Did you try a new path? Going on a planned and purposeful walk/run can sometimes be exactly what you need to unstick from the daily grind. Or even the grind of training
Each time you find yourself drifting away, bring yourself back by grounding to your senses. Being mindful is a difficult task and takes a lot of practice and patience. So be kind to yourself and enjoy the moment.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is when a person takes a moment to ground themselves and be aware of the present. To be mindful is to be aware of what's happening around you and what you are thinking. Being mindful helps one to be aware of all senses and state of mind. Training your brain to be mindful is a good skill to have in your toolbox and helps one be more aware of what's happening in your mind and body.
I challenge you on your next walk or run to take a minute and ground yourself in the present and be mindful of your experience. Take a mental inventory of what you experienced during this time. All it takes is 15 minutes to change your mindset and reduce anxiety and depression by simply moving. Be mindful, be purposeful, be kind.