“Mindfulness” is quite the buzzword lately, and if you’re like many, you might associate the word with sitting cross-legged while chanting mantras, or your surprisingly calm colleague who has a love affair with tofu.
We totally get it. But mindfulness takes many forms, and great populations of the world – not so different than you or me – have practiced mindfulness — from mindful eating to meditation to yoga and tai chi – for thousands of years.
It’s the 5,000-year-old medicine for stress reduction, healthy weights, injury prevention… you name it.
Mindfulness for Healthy Weights & Emotional Health
In fact, more than 100 studies have shown changes to brain wave activity during meditation, and those who have practiced meditation regularly for five years have larger areas of the brain linked to emotional regulation.
So what does that mean?
Mindfulness not only helps you de-stress during a meditation, but it actually works all day – helping you to better manage your stress and emotions by literally changing your brain.
Individuals who practice Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) see an average 58% reduction in anxiety & 40% reduction in stress.
As we know, anxiety and stress are often two of the culprits that drive our hands to open up the refrigerator or cabinet door. Stress and anxiety are often part of the root of the problem with binge eating and emotional overeating.
Beginning A Mindfulness Practice
You’ve probably heard some of these statistics before. But the challenge isn’t really believing that mindfulness works.
The challenge is believing that we really can incorporate mindfulness into our lives. (Without converting to Buddhism or finding a sudden love for incense.)
Or maybe our lives feel so hectic that the idea of mindfulness is nice, but how the heck could we practice it every day?
This is where we’ve got you covered.
Mindfulness is one of our foundational pillars here at Green Mountain at Fox Run.
We teach mindfulness practices every day to help our participants — women who struggle with overeating, binge eating, emotional overeating, PCOS, diabetes, lack of consistent exercise, feelings of food addiction, and more.
We’ve used our 43 years of experience in this area to develop a mini-course series.
Free 4-Week Series: Mindfulness For Women Who Struggle With Weight
This free 4-week series will email videos, articles, and links to helpful resources each week to help make your venture into mindfulness as easy and, well, mindful as possible.
We’ll teach you how to make mindfulness a part of your everyday life
- to better manage anxiety and stress.
- enjoy eating well.
- become more mindful with your fitness routine.
We’ll also share short, easy meditations that are perfect for the beginner and the practiced alike.
So take one more step towards the water, and let us help you dip your toes in. Who knows, maybe you’ll soon be ready to dive in headfirst!
Registration for the series ends on October 31. You’ll receive your first installment via email on Tuesday, November 1. Join the (totally free!) 4-week series here!
Mindfulness Weekend Retreat for Women Who Struggle with Weight
We’ll be following that up with a mindfulness retreat the first weekend in January — Wednesday, January 4 – Saturday, January 7, 2017.
You’ll get hands on experience with mindfulness and leave feeling great — exactly the right way to start 2017!