Who runs Remindful by Laura?
Hi there! My name is Laura and I am the content creator here.
My journey towards a mindful life and well-being started when I chose to study biomedicine at university. I've always been fascinated to learn about how the brain works and how to achieve overall wellbeing from the psychological, nutritious, and exercise perspectives.
A couple of years later I became interested in reading a number of influential, personal development books. During a stressful period at university, I came across Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" and it really was the start of a new world opening for me. I realized how powerful mindfulness actually is for our overall wellbeing.
However, much information on mindfulness was written from a highly spiritual angle. Coming from a scientific background, I was taking the information on the spiritual perspective with a grain of salt. I, therefore, decided to find more science-backed evidence on mindfulness and what it actually does to the brain, the body, and our overall wellbeing.
Turns out, there are lots of studies done on mindfulness' effects on the brain and the rest of the body. A lot of that information is, however, heavily digestible research papers and not so much simple, common literature.
Another area I've been very passionate about is wellness, connected to our physical health. As I was studying biomedicine, I noticed how much misinformation is out there concerting diet and exercise, that claim to be true but are in fact just pure trends and are not backed by real scientific evidence. Usually, those trends are beneficial to companies that sell products connected to the trends.
That's why I decided to start this blog.
To remind you to be mindful of the information you consume as well as your thoughts and actions.
To share real evidence-based information on how to live a long, healthy, and happy life.
To motivate you to love your body and see the long-term benefits of great physical and mental health.
To make the heavily digestible research information accessible for everyone - by explaining the benefits of mindfulness in a more common language, whilst keeping the facts.
My goal is to inspire people like you and me, who would love to live a stress-free life, cherish our lives, and learn how to be truly present in the moments that matter to us. To learn how to accept the bad times. To feel more in harmony with ourselves, each other, and our surroundings. To learn how to understand ourselves and get in touch with our true feelings. To let go of the feelings that do not serve us. To be able to identify our goals and therefore find the inner motivation for becoming highly goal-oriented. And of course, to avoid feeling the physiological effects of stress, such as digestive problems, insomnia, weakened immune system, headaches, fatigue, and the list goes on.
Through learning about the connection between mental and physical health, we also have the power to become our most successful selves - which is a great bonus, if you'd ask me.
Remember to be mindful
As you probably know, mindfulness is most commonly practiced through meditation or yoga. What's exciting is that you can actually do it anywhere and anytime.
You can practice mindfulness while taking a walk, cooking dinner, brushing your teeth, running, working, and so on. There are really no limits to how and where you can practice mindfulness.
Since we are all living fast-paced lives, stress and mental health problems are highly common in our lives. If we haven't come across such problems ourselves, I'm sure we can identify at least one, but more likely several people in our lives that have experienced it. By bringing your awareness to the present moment more often, the risk of developing mental health problems that are stress-related highly decreases.
Being mindful is also really important in social interactions, be it at home while talking to your family, or at work, while interacting with colleagues/clients/your boss, etc. You will notice how your relationships improve as you become truly present in all your social interactions.
We also have high accessibility to food nowadays and tend to eat our meals on the run or in front of the TV. Therefore, many of us experience problems with digestion or overweight. Healthy eating habits and nutrition are therefore yet another aspects that can be improved my mindfulness. By eating mindfully and mainly nutritious food, we form healthy habits within our diets and are able to control our weight with strong long-term effects. We can also form a better relationship with food and ourselves.
Inspiration to become mindful
When I started learning more about mindfulness, it felt like I found the missing piece among exercise and healthy nutrition that I otherwise already practiced. I started living my best life, enjoying the good times, and accepting the bad times. I started feeling more harmonious with myself and others. I learned more about how to understand myself and my feelings much better. I became more goal-oriented and am able to identify my goals much easier than I did before. I also stopped feeling the physical effects of stress, such as stomach problems that I thought I had due to intolerances. Mindfulness truly alters your brain and your body for the better. And the amount of research on this phenomenon is constantly increasing.
I hope I can inspire you to start your best life too.
Laura Kurapkaite, Creator of Remindful by Laura