Everywhere you look, someone’s talking about mindfulness. Your friends and family members are preaching it, your social media feeds are full of articles pertaining to it, and every other commercial seems to be promoting mindfulness.
But what does mindfulness really do for you?
This is a question many people ask if they have yet to experience this powerful state of mind. And, despite asking all of your friends about it, you still have difficulty understanding what mindfulness actually does.
That’s because mindfulness is one of those things that truly has to be experienced in order to be appreciated. We can explain it until our faces turn blue, but you will never understand the true value that it brings to your life and mental health until you start practicing it.
However, you need some motivation to do just that and these 6 benefits of mindfulness should be everything you need to find the encouragement to start practicing today.
It seems everyone is plagued with a high amount of stress in today’s rat race of life. You’re busy working a full-time job, holding down a household, maintaining relationships, taking care of family, working overtime, paying bills, running errands – and the list goes on. Life is busy and many of us have accepted “stress” to be a part of living, but it doesn’t have to be.
Practicing mindfulness will help you become less vulnerable to stress, while also helping you become more emotionally resilient, as it trains and changes your mind to adapt to stressful situations more appropriately so that they no longer consume you.
Whether you have a clinical diagnosis or simply experience moments of anxiety and depression at times, mindfulness will help alleviate those terrible feelings. In fact, there are many studies that have shown mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to be just as effective at preventing bouts of depression as anti-depressants – save all the potential side effects and high price.
What’s the mind got to do with physical pain and what’s physical pain got to do with your mental health? It’s all about mind over matter. Not only that but physical pain and emotional pain are actually more closely related than most people realize. It’s essentially why many people experience physical symptoms as a result of emotional or mental pain/illnesses.
Fortunately, practicing mindfulness can help by increasing your pain tolerance while also reducing pain altogether.
Anger is such an intense emotion – and a hard one to control. However, practicing mindfulness on a regular basis will help you learn how to manage these feelings, so that they don’t take such a significant toll on your mental health. You can still feel anger (as you should since it’s a healthy and normal emotion), but you learn how to feel it and let it go.
Mindfulness will erase those feelings of self-doubt while bringing forth a boost of self-esteem and confidence. It trains your mind to be more positive, and you begin to accept yourself – your body, mind and spirit – for just how amazing you are.
If you find yourself forgetting the simplest (or complex) things or have difficulty concentrating, you definitely need some mindfulness added into your day. It’s been proven to improve one’s memory and attention, while also eliminating brain fog and distractions, which makes sense since mindfulness is very much about narrowing your focus.
So, grab your meditation pillow from Awakened Self because it’s time for you to start practicing mindfulness and reaping all of the benefits that follow en suite.
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