What is mindfulness? Well, it’s something that we all naturally possess, you just need to be able tap into it and the more you do, the easier it becomes. Being mindful is where you bring yourself into total awareness of what you’re experiencing via your senses, state of mind, thoughts and emotions.
Should I practice mindfulness?
Anyone can practice being mindful. It’s something familiar that takes many different shapes and doesn’t require you to change in any way. These innate qualities can be practiced regardless of your gender, physical ability, religion or beliefs and is said to benefit us in many ways.
What are the benefits of being mindful?
- Lowers stress – there’s lots of research that suggests excess stress can cause you to be very ill. Practising mindfulness combats this issue by helping to reduce your stress levels and keep it under control.
- Focuses your mind – we often find that our minds are pulled in a multitude of directions; accessing mindfulness through meditation allows you to boost your concentration, flexibility, and awareness.
- Connects you – mindfulness allows you to hone in on what people are thinking and saying, helping to improve and build relationships with family and friends.
- Teaches you to understand pain – mindfulness can help you reshape the way you think and feel about pain, making it easier for you to manage.
How can I be more mindful?
- Set aside time every day – all you need to be mindful is some space in a quiet environment and yourself.
- Keep yourself rooted to the present moment – whilst meditating it’s easy for your mind to wander, try to keep yourself returning back to the present.
- Be kind – your mind will wander to many places, allow it to and take note of what you were thinking of but remember to bring yourself back to the present moment.
Whilst it isn’t the perfect solution for everyone, practising mindfulness can make you feel more refreshed, stress-free and brings clarity to everyday situations.
Have you tried being mindful? Let us know in the comments!