We live in a busy world and we often forget about our own self-care, instead, we get lost in the rush to accomplish necessary daily tasks. As a result you lose connection of how we are feeling... This is where Mindfulness comes to our rescue!
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a practice with its roots in Buddhism and it tells us to focus your attention on the present moment, understand and accept how you feel right now.
What are the benefits of mindfulness?
Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve mental health and overall wellbeing. In recent years, psychotherapists have incorporated mindfulness meditation in the treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, eating disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder etc.
How does mindfulness work?
Whilst there are multiple ways to practice mindfulness, there is only one goal to achieve a state of alert relaxation and focus your mind on thoughts and sensations of the present moment without judgment. You can practice it daily in the comfort of your own home. You can do it by yourself, in a group or follow guided meditation. If you have a medical condition, you may prefer a medically oriented program that incorporates meditation. It is always best to consult your physician if you have any specific queries.
Are you ready to try it? Let's go!
1. Find a quiet place, sit down comfortably and focus on your breathing or on a “mantra” that you repeat silently.
2. Shift your focus on how you are feeling and observe any body sensations.
3. Notice your emotions and allow them to be present without judgment. Accept the presence of the emotions without judgment and let go of everything that doesn't serve you,
4. Notice any external sensations such as sounds and smells. Observe what comes and goes in your mind and discover which mental habits produce a feeling of well-being or suffering.
5. Become comfortable with this state of self-awareness as this will allow you to practice acceptance of whatever arises at each moment.
6. Practice daily and you will start becoming more comfortable and notice benefits
Here you will find 22 Mindfulness Exercises, Techniques & Activities + free PDF's:
Here you will find a great article by The Harvard Gazette which will give you more scientific insights:
Have a green day, oil up and drink plenty of water!