Have you ever felt after a very busy day at work or doing chores at home and when you finally sit down and evaluate your day your mind has been on autopilot throughout the whole time? Your sat down with a hot drink and you’ve completed your targets and tasks of the day but your mind still feels like a beehive constantly on the go but not actually being present in the moment. Most people struggle with this which is known for Beehive Mind. Have you ever noticed on a daily basis in your everyday routine at work or at home or even in your personal time your mind automatically generates thoughts either from the past or the future but never the present? When we think about events that has happened in the past we tend to worry or feel down or even have regrets whereas if we look to the future, we gain anxiety or worry from it. Although we need to learn and gain experience from the past and plan for the future, we should not really miss out on being ‘present’.
How can we Solve a Beehive Mind?
One of the main strategies to fix a beehive mind is mainly physical movement and exercise. Exercise decreases stress hormones like cortisol and also produces endorphins your body’s feel-good chemicals giving your mood a natural boost. Physical activity distracts you from negative thoughts and your emotions. The other benefits are it enhances wellbeing in people who feel mentally drained. One of the main popular forms of exercises is walking. Since Lockdown occurred from the beginning of 2020 it is known that more people had started taking up walking as hobby since most individual’s mental health and anxiety had escalated with worries and stress from redundancies and financial issues caused from lockdown. Although The whole of the UK was encouraged to get at least 15-40 minutes of exercise, more people made the most of it who were on furlough. Since then it is known a variety of people have been getting out more stating that walking or running felt like a therapy for their them which helped released stress and anxiety and would feel more mentally focused or alert and also have improved quality of rest and state of mind.
How is Mindful Walking good for you?
Mindful Walking helps the mind because we are intaking fresh air which releases good chemicals and endorphins and also surrounding ourselves in a peaceful and calm environment (local park or forest where there is not loads of crowds). This puts us at ease and helps us to relax in general when we listen to calm and soothing surroundings. Another benefit of Mindful Walking is that it helps us to scan our body – a body scan is where you focus intentively on your body, your movement and pace, sounds, breathing and your thoughts. You can practice Body Scanning anywhere at your home, local park or even in your office but make sure it is in a calm and quiet environment (avoid busy places as this distracts you and also makes it harder for you to concentrate). A great website that goes into more depth of Mindfulness –https://mindfulnessnow.org.uk/about-mindfulness/
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Mindful Walking – How it helps and the benefits from it
. Better Sleep
. More energy
. More resilience
. Clear Mind
. Positive mindset and attitude towards life
. Physically healthy and fit
. Less tension in muscles (which leads to tiredness, strains and tenderness in the muscles and joints)
People’s views and thoughts on walking for their wellbeing
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“I think that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” – Henry David Thoreau
“I love walking because it clears your mind, enriches the soul, takes away stress and opens up your eyes to a whole new world.” – Claudette Dudley
How do you meditate while walking?
Simply follow each cue for about 30-60 seconds:
- Body check – As you start to walk, notice how the body feels.
- Observe – Without trying to change the way you’re walking, simply observe your gait.
- Tune in – This requires a lot of concentration and attention to your body and also your thoughts and your surrounding (sense, touch, smell and hearing).
- Noting sounds – What can you hear? Birds, leaves or branches brushing through the wind, the wildlife, streams or rivers? Listen and notice how this soothes and relaxes your mind.
- Familiar smells – Could be the scent of flowers or wild garlic in forests, hay or wheat from fields.
- Physical sensations – When you take all these different scents how does your body or mind react?
- Movement and rhythm – Notice how you move and breathe whilst walking, focus on your pace when you walk and you’re grounding
- We have found few helpful videos than can help you understand more on how to practice mindful walking, check out this clip that we came across – .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09EO9IJgOiI