Mindfulness for Improved Well-being in Today's Stressful World
Updated: 13 hours ago
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness seems to be the wellness trend of the moment to improve overall mental health and well-being in today's stressful world. Many people are noticing improvements in their quality of life by practising mindfulness so it is worth investigating for yourself if you are prone to letting your mind run away with you!
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and the world around you and accepting what is without judgment. By focusing on the here and now you are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past. Mindfulness has been found to be valuable for reducing stress and improving mood and overall happiness and well-being.
How to practice Mindfulness
Although mindfulness is very simple is can be quite difficult to master. Try to take the time to experience your environment with all of your five senses - touch, sound, sight, smell and taste. When you home in on your five senses you connect with your body and give your thinking mind a break.
An example would be when you eat your favourite food - take the time to smell, taste and truly enjoy it . When you are have a shower - notice the heat and feel of the water on your skin and scent of the soap. How many times have you found yourself in the shower with your mind on work! Next time you are in nature - take a moment to truly experience what it around you.
When your attention is focused on your senses in the moment your mind is free from stressful thoughts. If you start to notice your thoughts drifting, which they will invariably will, accept and bring your mind back to the present.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Practising mindfulness can bring improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms as well as positive changes in health, attitudes, and behaviours. It can help:
Lower stress levels
give resilience against depression
greater capacity to deal with adverse events
lower blood pressure
treat heart disease
help reduce pain
alleviate digestive issues
help with addictions and eating disorders
Improve weight loss
increase pleasure in life
make you more thoughtful
and improve relationships
You can practise mindfulness anytime during the day. Try to set yourself little reminders for yourself throughout the day.
Can anyone benefit from Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can benefit anyone but it does takes practice and effort as your mind is likely to wander off repeatedly at first. With practice and patience you will get better. Eventually you will find that you are living a more mindful life and enjoying the benefits of reduced stress, better mental health, better relationships, and greater overall happiness.
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Produced for general informational purposes only and not intended to replace medical advice