Mindfulness, as a practice of maintaining awareness of thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment and accepting whatever is being experienced without judgement, has gained an increased popularity in the past decades. It’s been used in many different fields and has also proven itself being effective when addressing issues such as burnout, exhaustion, depletion, and fatigue. According to ebmedicine.net, “burnout can be prevented, treated, and even reversed with mindfulness training.”
Body-mind, as the word suggests, refers to the unity of mind and body, as opposed to its duality: the mind (including thoughts and emotions) reflects itself physically – the body stores our emotions and thoughts, and vice versa – our physical state affects our mind and emotions.
You may ask why is it important? What it has to do with burnout and fatigue?
We all know that one of the main causes of burnout is prolonged exposure to stress that the body can no longer cope with, which then leads to chronically low energy. This is when we lose touch with the sensations in the body and the warnings that it sends us when the first signs of exhaustion occur.