For those of you that lead busy lifestyles and who don’t have enough time to meditate, Winefulness is for you!
What is Winefulness, or wine mindfulness?
Being able to be present in the moment and finding a moment of peace at the end of a hard day.
Winefulness is all about learning to experience your senses to the fullest.
Most importantly it’s about incorporating mindfulness and meditative thought into everyday life. One of the hardest things in life is looking after and finding time for ourselves. One of the first aspects to get left behind is our mental wellbeing. Most of us know we should be doing something to protect it, but amongst other excuses, we likely either look at meditation with confusion, fear or simple lack of time.
Through winefulness, we hope to expose you to the joys and benefits that exist in everyday mindfulness.
Using your relationship with wine to cultivate an enhanced awareness of our senses, our body, and the experiences we can learn valuable lessons that can be transferred to other elements of life, or simply used to enhance our enjoyment of the mindful drinking movement wine itself.
How do you drink mindfully?
As most of us have been at some stage in life – a binge drinker, whether it at university or on a gap year, now is the time to cut down and be mindful with what you consume and this is why, since I started Pull The Cork (more about us) I have been pushing the whole less is more thing.
Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life. If it takes minutes to drink a glass of wine and appreciating a glass of wine forces you to be in the moment, then mindfulness and wine start to look like a match made in heaven. In a way, it forces you to focus on one thing (the glass) and put your mind into a state of appreciation. By taking the time out of your evening to enjoy a glass of wine on your own, provides you with the platform to practise mindfulness.
As a person that suffers from a severe lack of free time, this is something I practice weekly. For me, I enjoy sitting down at the end of a busy day (usually around 9 pm) with a sample from one fo my very supportive suppliers, I try to understand and reflect on the taste, structure and aroma of a wine in order to list the wines to then sell on to you. If I feel like I can’t continue to drink the whole bottle (this only happens after a vat return) then the wine is fit for sale!
Can a glass of wine help with anxiety?
Yes, I believe so! Whether we chose to admit it or not we have all, in our life suffered from Anxiety in some form or another. By taking the time out to enjoy a glass of wine on your own, provides you with the platform to practise mindfulness. This mindfulness practice will also help you with your relationship with alcohol as you should start to appreciate drinking less wine.
A lot of us produce anxiety from excess alcohol so give it a go, and see if it helps! When I think about wine, I think about experience and adventure. I do not see it as a glass of alcohol that can help me relax, I want a rich experience and enjoyment. Moreover, the fact that you can also enjoy low alcohol wine ads up to the story how wine can offer you an adventure. I will go further and say that the wine industry is probably one of the most mindful industries. Winemakers are always searching for new ways how to give us quality wines while taking into account environment and our overall health. They try to cater to our different needs, which is why you can enjoy histamine free wine, sulphite free wine, vegan wines, organic wine, low sugar wines, unfiltered wines, and so on. You cannot say the same for other beverages.
Does wine help you relax?
For me, this is a simple three-letter answer – YES!! All of the above will explain why…
Free tip: never get yourself in a situation where you can spoil your wine experience. Be ahead of the game 🙂 Know how to open a bottle of wine without a bottle opener!