What Is Mindfulness?
The JED Foundation explains mindfulness as paying attention to the present. When you’re mindful, you let yourself experience your sensations, thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad. Mindfulness keeps you engaged with the present and helps you “go with the flow” of life without complicating each experience with information from the past or judgmental thoughts from within yourself.
What Are Some of the Benefits?
Improves Well-Being – By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
Increased Body Awareness – Mindfulness can be helpful in recognizing how your body feels, identifying pain points, monitoring breathing, and learning more about how your body moves during physical activity. Think of it as a self-diagnostic tool.Once you know more about how your body moves and functions, the better you can prevent injury and adjust your form.
Improves Physical Health – Mindfulness can: help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties.
Change Eating Habits – Mindfulness can be helpful for anyone trying to change their eating habits, especially people who snack out of boredom. Before you start to snack on something, consider is it because you are actually hungry, you’re bored, or it’s out of habit. If it’s the first one, this will also give you time to consider what you want to eat, as well.
Improves Mental Health – In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
How Do I Do This?
It’s easier than you think! Here are some ways to introduce mindfulness in your life.