Kate Kendall shares her mindfulness tricks
Co-founder and Director of Yoga at Flow Athletic, Kate Kendall, knows the importance of living mindfully. Mindfulness is about being present, consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience with openness, interest, and receptiveness. This practice has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety and boost our vitality and it’s become a hot topic in Western psychology for these reasons. Kendall shared some of the ways you can live more mindfully and they aren’t complicated at all.
Find two to three moments in the day (including the very start of it in the morning) to be completely still. Just observing the breath. Stillness is the most under utilised tool we have for productivity and fulfilment.
Take just two minutes to push yourself away from your desk and focus on deep breathing. Simple act – big results.
Whoever you’re with at any one time – focus on them and the conversation. Try not to be distracted by other people, mobile phones or anything else. The greatest gift you can give to someone is your presences. Give it generously.
Mindfulness extends to every facet of our life, including being mindful of the types of foods that over stimulate and cause ‘crashes’, (typically caffeine and sugar). Instead, opt for natural sources of energy and vitality in the form of complex carbohydrates, colourful, fresh fruit and vegetables, whole protein sources, legumes and with supplements like the Blackmores range of superfoods, which have added Nature Boost – concentrated vitamins and nutrients, extracted from nature to further enhance the superfoods existing nutritional content. Also, when you’re eating, eat slowly and savour each mouthful. Not only will you be less likely to over eat but your digestive system will thank you.
At the end of your day, take five minutes to sit and reflect. Acknowledge the conversations, actions and hot spots in your day. Give gratitude for the things that were great and – without necessarily wading in them – recognise the areas you could have acted with more integrity or kindness. Processing your day is key to sleeping well and clearing your head.