Mindfulness is the ability to be in the present and fully aware. It is a great way to take a step back from the everyday hustle and stress. It also helps to relieve tension and calm your mind. It can include mediation but it does not have to. As long as you are able to sit down, and take a moment to observe things, you are practicing mindfulness.
How Does Mindfulness Benefit Me?
Mindfulness and meditation have many benefits. They help you to understand that even though you may experience pain, it does not have to control your life. It is also good to practice if you find that you cannot focus on family and friends and what they are saying to you, and will help you to connect with them in a better way. It will also focus your mind, honing your ability to reduce “brain chatter” and calm your thoughts. This in turn helps to reduce stress levels.
How To Practice Mindfulness
Anyone can practice mindfulness – it does not have to be every day and it does not have to be for long. You do not need any equipment; you just need to be able to observe the moment. Pay attention to your thoughts; do not try to quieten them, just acknowledge them. Do not make any judgements of what wanders across your mind, but take notice of it and slowly guide your mind back to the present when it wanders. Be kind to yourself. If you prefer to do this through meditation you can.
Bear in mind that mindfulness and meditation are not quick fixes, or about stopping thoughts or escaping reality. They are about training your body to not be controlled by thoughts, and this will help you thrive, boost creativity and strengthen the neural pathways in your brain.