National Relaxation Day
August 15th is National Relaxation Day, and MicroMass Associate Creative Director, Kim Zdanowicz, a trained Mindfulness educator, shares how Mindfulness can help you to relax and more!
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is paying attention to what you experience in the moment and your reactions to these experiences—without judgment. The more mindful you are, the more of an opportunity you have to consider your responses to stress.
By becoming more aware of your routine reactions to stress, you can try to modify your reactions for the better to stay more relaxed when stressful events occur. So what happens when you practice Mindfulness?
Studies have shown that practicing Mindfulness can have results such as
- Decreased fatigue
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- Decreased mood disturbances
- Increased vitality
- Improved sleep
You can find a way to practice Mindfulness almost anywhere, including sipping coffee, reading a book, or even having a conversation—just pay attention to what you are doing in that moment and keep it easy.
Kim’s favorite way to practice Mindfulness is by noticing transitions throughout her day, including the steps she takes between meetings, the words she writes at her desk, and bringing awareness to whatever she’s currently working on. It helps her to pay attention to what she’s doing in the present moment so that she doesn’t have to monitor internal lists and can relax and focus.
Sometimes, Kim shoots a few hoops at night or on the weekends to help her relax, as well. She says that for her shot to land, she has to pay close attention to how she holds the ball and the feeling of releasing it. This helps her to sharpen her awareness and deal with stress, all while being mindful of her game.