Last summer, my friend Amy invited me to a mindfulness practice with a group she was leading. She followed Deepak Chopra’s method offering a daily practice that we could all follow along together virtually. The sessions gave us time each day to set our intentions and reminded us that there was so much in life to be grateful for. We were from all different walks of life but on the same page feeling the stress and the uncertainty from the pandemic . The daily reminders to focus and staying calm has helped in more ways than I had first realized. Everything we do is connected.
We’ve been hearing about mindfulness practices for a while and if you’re wondering what it is, why it’s so popular, and also where to begin, here’s a great place to start. Launching today with 10 video and audio sessions, Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method is a new, exclusive wellness collection created and curated for Fitbit Premium members and led by Deepak himself. The sessions feature content on topics like mindfulness, sleep, stress management, mental wellness and the mind-body connection all deigned to help improve your emotional well-being and overall health.
Stress is more prevalent than ever during the pandemic. According to the press release of the announcement, adults in the U.S. reporting the highest rate of mental health concerns like stress, anxiety and sadness from March 2020 to May 2020. More than one-third of people across the globe report physical and mental side effects of stress, which if unmanaged over time, can lead to negative health effects such as headaches, increased risk of cardiac disease, obesity and depression. Using mindfulness to better manage your emotional wellbeing through practices like meditation and breathing exercises can have a greater impact on other parts of your health, such as helping to relieve stress, improve sleep, and can be used to treat disorders such as depression and anxiety, and more.
“For more than 50 years, I have studied the mind and body functioning as a single unit. I share Fitbit’s belief that mindfulness and mental wellbeing are critical centerpieces of your health that are interconnected with physical wellbeing and other aspects like building immunity against illness, your activity and energy levels, how well you sleep, what you nourish your body with, and how you manage your personal relationships,” said Deepak Chopra, M.D., Pioneer of Integrative Medicine and Founder of The Chopra Foundation and Chopra Global. “As a long-time Fitbit user, I am thrilled to share my mindfulness philosophy and practices to help anyone around the world establish and maintain a mindfulness practice no matter if you are just starting out or have been practicing for years. Meditation is a learned, and sometimes intimidating, habit that is most effective when practiced consistently, similar to an exercise routine, and has profound results on your health.”
The new collection launches with 10 audio and video sessions, including guided meditations, sessions to prepare for restful sleep, and techniques to help cultivate happiness and optimism whenever you need. The collection will expand over the coming months, with dozens more custom sessions including:
- A focus on mindfulness for total wellbeing, detailing the benefits of meditation based on Deepak Chopra’s four pillars: mind, body, emotions and spirit.
- How to incorporate mindfulness throughout your day, from setting the tone each morning, a pick-me-up during a stressful workday, resetting a bad mood, and preparing for restful sleep.
- Deeper guidance for using mindfulness as a tool to build awareness, manage stress and emotions, and build concentration.
Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method collection can be found on the Discover tab in the Fitbit app, which will feature 30+ inspiring mindfulness sessions for Fitbit Premium members at all levels. Each session is less than 20 minutes to make it easy to fit mindfulness into your day, on topics ranging from meditation, managing emotions, winding down for the day, stress relief and more. These topics are especially important as the highest rate of mental health concerns like stress, anxiety and sadness were reported at the height of the pandemic last year. The collection provides more ways to practice mindfulness as you continue to navigate today’s stressful environment, whether you are battling 24/7 screen fatigue, juggling work from home while managing your kids’ virtual learning, caring for the health of loved ones, or simply need inspiration to put yourself first.
You can read more on the Fitbit blog here.
This is the latest addition to the incredible Fitbit’s Stress Management and Mindfulness Tools. I’m looking forward to starting this as well.