Benefits of mindfulness
- Allows you to observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them to be “good” or “bad”.
- Reduces stress along with depression and anxiety.
- Reduced rumination and worry along with greater feelings of happiness and subjective well-being.
- Less emotional reactivity/more effective emotion regulation.
- Increased concentration and focus – Allows the ability to focus on the task at hand, be creative, and solve problems.
- More adaptability and flexibility, being resilient and navigating with change with ease.
- Improved working memories even under stressful situations.
- Increased relationship satisfaction including relationships with spouse, family members, friends, coworkers, and supervisors.
- Help improve immune functioning and can help reduce high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other health conditions.
- It has also been used to help people quit smoking.
How do you achieve mindfulness?
Most of the people have a hard time being mindful or making mindfulness a part of everyday life. But all you need to do is start an open mind and perhaps 10-15 minutes of time. Mindfulness can be achieved through many different ways including meditation.
Basic Mediation for Stress Management:
- Get into a comfortable position that allows you to completely relax, while still staying awake.
- Close your eyes.
- Clear your mind. This needs practice. When a thought enters your mind, simply notice it and let it go. Don’t judge it. Then turn your attention back to present moment.
- Continue to notice and let go of any thoughts that enter your mind. As you continue to practice, the quiet spaces between thoughts will become longer and more frequent.