What is Mindfulness?
In this busy world, people are in such a rush to accomplish necessary tasks that they may find themselves losing connection with the present moment – missing out on what they are doing and how they are feeling. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing attention on the present moment and this helps people cope with everyday life or deal with tough times. Scientific tests have proven that mindfulness is a key element in happiness.
Can Mindfulness help me?
Research shows that practicing mindfulness can bring a variety of physical, psychological and social benefits. Practicing mindfulness is good for:
Scientists have discovered that the techniques of mindfulness can help boost the immune system’s ability to fight off illnesses. It can also help relieve:
- treat heart disease
- improve circulation
- lower blood pressure
- reduce chronic pain
- improve sleep
- alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
It increases positive emotions, and reduces negative emotions and stress.
Psychotherapists have used mindful meditation to treat:-
- eating disorders
- substance abuse
- anxiety disorders
- couple’s conflicts
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
It increases the density of grey matter in the brain region, which is linked to:-
- emotion regulation
Mindfulness training can make couples more satisfied with their relationship. It makes them feel more optimistic and relaxed, more accepting and closer to one another.
Mindfulness eating encourages healthier eating habits, it helps lose excess weight and it also helps savour the food people eat.
How does Mindfulness work?
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. It means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the surrounding environment. When people are mindful, they observe their thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them as good or bad. Instead of letting life pass by, mindfulness lets people to live in the moment and awaken to experience. Practicing mindfulness helps to tune thoughts into what people are sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.
Mindfulness is something that everyone can develop. People can practice it in their everyday life by paying more attention to their day-to-day activities like walking and driving, or even something as basic as brushing the teeth. Yoga and meditation can also help in practicing mindfulness.
The goal of mindfulness is to achieve a state of alert, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgement. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment.