Improving Mind Body Connection (ASL version)

Improving Mind Body Connection (ASL version)


…and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker. Today’s vlog is about improving the mind-body connection. One way to
improve your mental health is to learn to develop mindfulness
or mind-body connection. Over the last 20 years technology has advanced quickly
and the world we live in has become a very busy place. As a result ,our lives
and our minds have become very busy and this makes it difficult to focus or
concentrate. We attempt to multitask, but that causes us to become more stressed
than productive. Doing several things at the same time successfully is not
possible. We all have an inner dialogue. A thought pops into our mind and then
we have to choose what to do with that thought; either continue to attach
problems or let it go and not continue to think more about it. Internal
conversations can cause us to become too focused on the future, which creates
anxiety. Another problem is over thinking too much in the past which creates
depression or both anxiety and depression.The basic process of
mindfulness involves setting up an idea for something you want to pay attention
to (maybe your breath) and then when you notice your mind begins to wander, you
return your attention to your breath. It is completely normal for your mind and
thoughts to wander. However, when this happens, we lose focus on what we’re
doing. For example, when driving we might be thinking about our grocery store list
or thinking about a recent argument we had with a friend and because we are
lost in thought, as we drive we miss our turn and exit and have to turn around. Mindfulness is not about having an empty
mind with no thoughts. Instead, when you are not paying
attention, just notice. You have to accept that your mind has wandered and not
judge yourself or the thought. Yoga can be a great way to practice
mindfulness. It is a form of moving meditation;
focusing your attention on your breath while moving through poses. When your
mind wanders during a pose, you simply refocus onto your breath and bring
yourself back to the present moment. One way to practice breath work on your own
is called the 4-7-8 Breath. We will practice together now. What we will
do is inhale to the count of four, hold for seven counts, and then exhale to the
count of eight. Inhale – four , hold – seven, exhale – eight. Sit up straight. Breathe
through your lungs and focus on expanding your lungs. We’ll try it for
three rounds now. Ready? Inhale 2… 3… 4… hold 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7…
exhale 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7… 8… inhale 2… 3… 4… hold 2…
3… 4… 5… 6… 7… exhale 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7… 8…
inhale 2… 3… 4… hold 2… 3… 4… 5… 6… 7… exhale 2… 3…
4… 5… 6… 7… 8. Now breathe normally. Notice how you feel.
More relaxed? Calm? More focused? By doing several rounds of this breath, your heart
rate will lower and your blood pressure will lower. Breathing practices can help
reduce anxiety and depression and also help improve your sleep. You can do this
exercise anytime to help you feel more calm and you can do this exercise
anytime to help improve your attention and focus on the present moment rather
than what is coming or what has already happened. Living in the present moment
will improve your life, will improve your relationships, and will improve your
mental health. Thank you.

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