The Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. Practicing mindfulness has many benefits for the mind and soul. By being aware of where you are and what you’re doing helps prevent you from being too overwhelmed and overly reactive. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and oftentimes it’s easy to feel like a zombie and feel completely out of control of your emotions. Meditation is a huge component of mindfulness. Some people see meditation as cliche or a gimmick, but in fact, it controls anxiety and can even help fight addictions. During meditation, we venture into the workings of our minds: Our thoughts, emotions, and sensations.
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When you practice mindfulness, you enjoy the pleasures in life as they occur and allow yourself to become fully engaged in activities. People who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in stress and worries of the past and the future.
Improves physical health
Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in a number of ways:
- Relieves stress
- Treats heart disease
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces chronic pain
- Improves sleep
- Alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties
Although mindfulness may not take away symptoms from a chronic or potentially terminal illness; it can help make the pain more manageable, which can help patients focus less on the pain, improving their quality of life.
Improves Mental Health
Psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems:
- Substance Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The goal of mindfulness is to wake up the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes. It is available to us in every moment, not just through meditation, but by taking time to pause and breathe before springing into action. Next time you get a massage, try practicing mindfulness!
If you are a beginner, visit this link to learn how to meditate. https://www.mindful.org/meditation-for-beginners-video/