Shrink Your Stress and Your Waistline: Mindfulness Part 3

One of my new axioms in life is: are you a proactive person or a reactive person. In our hustle bustle lifestyle here in Northern Virginia, we tend to have a lot thrown at us. We often feel the need to react. Developing a mindfulness practice will help you be the proactive wellness wonder and not someone who tends to react to daily life.

Practicing mindfulness has so many benefits, including achieving that true health, wellness, and fitness you’ve always wanted. In my Concierge Wellness and Corporate Wellness programs, my mindfulness practice helps clients shrink their stress and their waistline. (Click here to book a Corporate Wellness Workshop).



Decreasing your stress will help you sleep better, react less and respond more, lose weight, make better decisions, and live a much more contented life. Trust me!

When we practice mindfulness, we are “calming the brain” and warding off stress, anxiety, worry – in the moment. We are also building it up a “reserve” for when we most need it – when stress unexpectedly happens.

After practicing this for years now, I’ve learned the past and the future briefly leave your thoughts. You focus just on the now.



Here are 15 research based benefits of mindfulness:

  1. Reduces stress
  2. Improves mental focus and ability to concentrate
  3. Lowers anxiety levels and lessens depression
  4. Increases feelings of well-being
  5. Lessens emotional reactions to situations
  6. Promotes greater clarity
  7. Improves behavior control and modification
  8. Lowers reaction to stressors
  9. Increases your awareness
  10. Gives you a deeper connection to the circumstance or person
  11. Positively impacts how you respond to crisis
  12. Calms and quiets the busy mind
  13. Sharpens job performance and productivity
  14. Enhances creativity and innovation
  15. Mitigates a constant feeling of overwhelm and busyness

In a landmark study conducted by Aetna, a leader in mindfulness for its employees, they found a mindfulness practice reduces stress, improves sleep, and allows you to better manage physical pain. And it’s free!

Being mindful will help you take control of your day and your life and give you the freedom to make the choices that will lead to greater health, wellness, and contentedness.



Now that you know the many benefits of Mindfulness, you may be wondering how you can be mindful in your daily life. Stay tuned for part four which will include my top five strategies to practice mindfulness.

If you’re interested in my concierge program and how you can develop your own mindfulness practice, click here for a free 30-minute consult. If you’d like to book a Mindfulness Corporate Wellness Workshop for your staff, click here.


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Adrien founded Fitness on the Run in 2004 out of her home after a successful career in policy and public affairs communications. After spending 15 years developing her own personal definition of wellness and watching thousands struggle with theirs, in January 2019 Adrien founded Alexandria Wellness, the home for the Concierge Wellness Program and Corporate Wellness with Adrien Cotton. Over the course of 15 years, “FOR” was home to more than 2,000 clients, 30 instructors, and hundreds of inspirational success stories. Adrien is now, more-than-ever, passionate about helping women view their fitness as a journey, not a quick fix. Adrien’s recipe for success herself has evolved from a rigid training plan of sweaty and heart pumping workouts to some days getting in her 10,000 steps, consciously breathing, her 7.5 hours of sleep, and her beloved 5-Minute Flow. Adrien believes the most important ingredient is making small changes for big results, even if it’s one new habit formed each month. Still passionate about fitness, Adrien’s clients appreciate her ability to make sessions seriously challenging without a “beat down,” a healthy mix of strength and metabolic (cardio) work and ultimately helping her clients gain real strength in mind and body. She believes we all benefit from being curious about our bodies and that change, or improvement, is within reach despite what your “inner voice” or others may tell you. Adrien is bubbling with excitement to help women learn the importance of a comprehensive approach to wellness, weight loss, and contentedness with yourself, and that every person has the right to feel good about themselves. Most days, you can find her helping clients with their wellness, listening to success stories, and bragging about her twin 13-year-old children and “fittest man in Alexandria” Bill Cotton. Adrien prides herself on her practice of mindfulness, meditation, and putting it all into perspective.

Alexandria Wellness offers achievable answers for anyone who is tired of chasing fitness and health without a clear plan, someone who has struggled and is not satisfied with their fitness and wellness or someone who is open to maximized healthful longevity and fitness along with healthful weight loss. Adrien and her team offer help with food guidance, body acceptance, sleep and stress issues, and insist you have fun along the way.

Schedule your free 30 minute consult here!

Alexandria Wellness
215 North Payne Street
Alexandria, VA 22314



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