Health and wellbeing do not only happen in our body, but also in our mind: Our thoughts move around all the time, too. Do you know the situation when you really want to do something, but at the same time a sensation prevents you from taking action? It can be a certain type of fear, a blockage, a phobia or an unpleasant feeling in your guts. Or do you sometimes notice that your head is spinning, your brain is moving in circles and it is not possible to switch off your thoughts? This is very common for people who get caught up in their thoughts a lot (such as me!).
Exercises for the mind – meditation, breathing practices or different focusing techniques – can help release blockages. Common results are that we feel balanced, calmer and more relaxed mentally. Various aspects of mental training have been widely used in sports psychology: Not only do mental exercises boost the confidence of athletes, but also help improve their focus and performance. No matter if there is a particular situation creating stress in your life, or whether you feel you could do with some extra calmness and clarity in your thoughts: A bit of brain hygiene can be beneficial for all of us.
Benefits of Mind Work
Various studies investigated and confirmed the tremendous benefits of meditation. You can find some of the results summed up in this Forbes article. Breathing exercises provide the body with extra oxygen. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, they increase our level of relaxation and serenity. The parasympathicus is part of our autonomous nervous system: Its task is to make us rest, relax and reduce stress. Focusing exercises help raising and extending our level of concentration. All in all, mental training can have some of the following benefits:
- Enhanced performance
- Reduction of stress, frustration and angst
- Better focus and concentration
- Provides the body with a higher amount of fresh oxygen
- Creates clarity and balance in mind
- Boosts energy
- Supports relaxation and serenity
- Conscious long-term changes of automatic mind patterns
- Clarity of thoughts can support decision-making processes
Give it a try and experience for yourself how mental training can affect your state of well-being. To get some ideas I will share with you some tips and tricks around mind work on my blog.