Since February, Deepak Chopra’s Mindful Method for Fitbit has been infusing our daily lives with a much-needed dose of mindfulness. This transformative wellness series has done everything from helping us to find our zen with Deepak’s reinvigorating guided meditations, to lulling us into a peaceful night’s rest with sessions to prepare for better sleep.
Today, we’re happy to share some exciting new additions to the Mindful Method: starting today, you can expect four additional sessions, focused on the power of mindful awareness to bring learnings from meditation practice to many different situations, including ways to decrease stress and increase focus. Because, as Deepak shares, mindfulness is more than just meditation.
If you’re a Fitbit Premium member (or you signed up for your free 90-day trial), you may have tuned in to Mindful Method already—and we’re thrilled to have you here. Maybe you, too, have been loving Deepak’s guided meditations, while learning how to maintain a mindfulness practice in today’s hectic world. Maybe you’ve been following Deepak’s content here on the blog, like this helpful mind-body exercise and his insights on how—and why—you should be getting better Zzz’s.
Feeling like you want to catch up? There’s no time like the present to dive into everything the Mindful Method has to offer: from content across mindfulness, sleep, stress management, mental wellness, the mind-body connection, and more, it’s all here waiting for you simply to take a deep breath and begin.
But first, read on for a special Fitbit Q&A with Deepak.
FITBIT: What’s your favorite thing about your Fitbit Sense?
DC: I’ve been on the Fitbit platform since the early days, starting with a tracker and now use the Sense smartwatch and the Premium membership. It’s been incredible to see the evolution of innovative features and actionable advice, plus how much more I can learn about my own body from this device, from tracking my sleep and activity to stress management.
FITBIT: And your favorite Fitbit features?
DC: It’s incredible to be able to understand the effects of thought, feelings and emotions through technology. For instance, I look at my heart rate right before I begin a meditation session and notice how much it has lowered when I’ve finished my practice.
Being able to see the impact of meditation on your personal metrics like heart rate is so valuable—it’s a great motivator. Over time, you’ll also be able to see how your mindfulness practice could help improve your heart rate variability as well. (Access your heart rate variability, or HRV, in the Health Metrics dashboard with your Fitbit Premium membership.)
FITBIT: Why is it so important to manage stress, especially now?
DC: I see stress as a number one health issue facing society and individuals today even in the context of the pandemic. It’s a global, universal experience and more than one-third of people across the globe report physical and mental side effects of stress.
If unchecked, stress can lead to effects ranging from headaches to increased risk of cardiac disease, to anxiety and depression.
It’s no surprise that in today’s environment, whether you’re a parent juggling work and virtual learning, feeling isolated from friends, family and coworkers, or caring for the health of your loved ones, stress management and a mindfulness practice is more important than ever.
FITBIT: What, to you, are the most important benefits of a regular mindfulness practice?
DC: A regular mindfulness practice can result in positive changes in our health, attitudes, and behaviors. It allows you to focus on the here and now, without getting caught up in the past or future.
Stress management and a regular mindfulness practice have been found to help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and improve sleep.
I believe that it’s all about starting with simple, everyday actions, which is why with Mindful Method, we have sessions ranging from 3 to 20 minutes, and for every level whether you’re just starting out, or incorporating new methods into your existing practice—anyone can fit them into life in a way that works best for you.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.