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Practicing Mindfulness

What does it mean to be mindful and how could it improve your health?

Have you ever eaten a bowl of popcorn while watching a movie and when you got to the bottom of the bowl you wondered where it all went? Or maybe you were reading a book and when you finished a page you realized you had no idea what you just read? These are examples of being mindless. Your mind wanders and you aren’t focused on what you’re doing in the moment, whether the moment is for just a minute or two or half an hour or longer.

In this busy, fast-paced world, it’s easy to zone out and let your mind wander to another place, but research shows that being mindful is a way to improve your health and wellbeing.

What is mindfulness, in what ways will it make you a healthier person, and how can you become more mindful? Keep reading to find out.

Definition

Being mindful means your mind is fully aware of what you’re doing in the moment. When mindful, you’re fully in tune with your thoughts and feelings, as well as what’s happening in your surrounding environment. Your mind is not thinking about the past or the future, but the present.

Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness. You’re not running on autopilot when mindful, but you live life on purpose in the moment. You don’t think about the “what ifs” and the “should haves,” but remain focused on the here and now.

Benefits

So why be mindful? Isn’t it okay to zone out every once in a while and think about things other than what’s right in front of you? Of course it is! That said, millions of people have found that practicing mindfulness has helped them overcome a wide range of mental and physical health conditions.

Take negative emotions for instance. Stress, anger, anxiety, fear, and depression may plague you, but mindfulness is a way to fight those emotions. With mindfulness, you’re able to identity your emotions, accept them, and learn ways to cope in the moment, whether it’s through relaxation techniques, meditation, or just clear thinking. Emotions lose their power over you when you remain calm and focused.

People who suffer from disease find that mindfulness helps their symptoms become more manageable. Whether you have cancer, back pain, fibromyalgia, heart disease, or irritable bowel syndrome, being mindful can improve your quality of life. It allows you to focus less on the pain and more on the good things in life.

As a major perk, mindfulness has been found beneficial for those struggling with weight control. Instead of worrying about past diet mistakes, negative emotions that lead to overeating, or your appearance, mindfulness keeps you in the moment. You’re better able to stop eating when you feel full, make wise food choices, and have a healthy relationship with food and your body. Many people find that mindfulness is more effective than any diet they’ve ever tried.

Not struggling with weight or disease management? Being mindful is still for you. Anyone who has trouble concentrating, focusing on the task at hand, or remembering details will find that being mindful helps increase awareness, attention, learning ability, and mental function.

How-To

Want to become more mindful? There are a few ways to go about it. One way is through breathing exercises. As you breathe in and breathe out, think about breathing in and out, and only think about breathing in and out. Do this for several minutes each day to teach your mind to focus on the present.

A second way to become mindful is to release the tension in your body. Lie down or sit comfortably, breathe deeply, and slowly relax each part of your body, from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. You’ll feel the pent up tension and stress drain out and calmness take over.

Many people practice meditation or prayer to become more mindful. Be still and quiet for a few minutes each day or hour. Focus on the present and let your negative thoughts fade away.

Whatever technique you use to be mindful, finding a way to focus on the here and now will do wonders for your sense of calm and control. So become more mindful and reap the rewards for years to come!