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It happened again today. I forgot to go outside. I don’t mean I completely forgot to go outside, but I forgot to do my Five-Minute Mindful Mood Booster.
Ever since I discovered the research that showed that the first five minutes of light exercise in nature delivers the biggest mood booster of time spent outside, I realized what a realistic mindfulness practice it is for even the busiest person.
The green exercise research program at the University of Essex (UK) has started to quantify some of these health benefits.
“The research has involved a range of different types of nature therapies, contexts, activities, clients, motivations and needs, but all have shown positive health and wellbeing benefits. Findings report that many types of activities, irrespective of activity and duration, lead to improvements in self-esteem and mood, by reducing feelings of anger, confusion, depression and tension. We have also measured physical health benefits, such as reduced blood pressure, and seen how engaging in group activities facilitates social networking and connectivity.”
And you don’t have to live in the countryside or do any particular type of exercise — no three-day hike required — although if you enjoy that, it will probably deliver a decent dose of well-being your way. The research showed little difference for urban or rural dwellers, or for the type of exercise. And just in case you are thinking — oh, it’s cold and wet outside, I am not going to get the benefits of THIS Five-Minute Mindful Mood Booster am I?
Green exercise works no matter what the weather is — it is not just about getting the Vitamin D or the joy of a spring breeze — the benefits of green exercise transcend the weather. Wow. The real clincher — what makes it really hard NOT to take up this idea — is the bit I shared right at the start: it is in the first five minutes that the greatest benefit is realized — and that light intensity activities produce the greatest effects.
Excerpt from Psych Central, to read the full article visit their website here.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness. Scientific studies are showing many benefits from mindfulness in all aspects of our lives which appear to affect people of any age in an extremely positive way.
These include in relationships, performance at school or at work, in sports performance, our physical and mental well-being and positively affect levels of empathy and compassion towards others. Being mindful is something which is actually quite easy to do but in today’s busy world it is easily forgotten and very few people do this naturally. Through practice and patience, anyone can learn and benefit from this technique.
Some suggestions to increase mindfulness and taking notice:
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