26 Aug 2021 | Anne Marie Fogarty
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We’ve all heard the term mindfulness, but how much do we really understand about this practice? In this article, we take a close look and discover that mindfulness is a simple yet effective approach to minding your mental health while being accessible to everyone!
What is Mindfulness?
Have you ever observed and focused on your presence? It’s easy to say but not that easy to practice.
Mindfulness is an essential human ability to be present to check the things around you and what’s happening around you. It’s a human ability not to be overwhelmed, overreact, or unaware of what you are doing and your surroundings. The goal of mindfulness is not to quiet your mind and focus on eternal peace, it is staying in the present, with attentiveness without interpretation and judgment. Mindfulness can help you manage your mental health, feelings, and thoughts.
So how can we practice mindfulness in our lives? Although mindfulness is human nature, many of us lose the peak of ability in the hassle of life. Now the question is how to get back your mindfulness? How to practice this ability? The good news is that anyone can practice mindfulness.
What are the ways to be mindful?
If you want to become more mindful, try practising these top five tips:
- First of all, don’t rush! Stay calm, consider if the phone is ringing, don’t rush to pick the phone first, take a deep breath, pause, and then go to the phone practice living in the moment.
- Remember! Our thoughts scatter all the time, but this is the actual practice, return to the present, again and again, don’t wander with your thoughts no matter how many times your mind carries away; remember that you have to get back to your natural position. Easier said than done, we all know.
- Don’t be hard on your mind! Yes, you have to practice mindfulness, living in the moment, but don’t push your mind to the extreme. Be gentle; kindly bring back your mind to the present.
- Practising Mindfulness meditation helps us be more open-minded and can help us understand the workings of the mind, sensitizing our experience with warmth and kindness to ourselves and others.
- Yoga is a mindful exercise. It helps us release toxic thoughts from our heads. It is a practice of coordinating with the environment we breathe in. Involvement of these practices in daily life can help us achieve mindfulness.
How does mindfulness involve mental health?
As often said, “healthy mind, healthy life,” and healthy life needs good mental health; mindfulness involves mental health. We all sometimes go through stress, tension, feeling low and these phases pass gradually, but it can leave a long-term negative impact on some people. Mindfulness practice can get you through these phases, having benefits in your daily life to deal with anxiety, depression, or acceptance of yourself. Mental health has a significant impact on our lives; with a healthy mental state, you can perform your best in daily life, your workplace and with your relationships. According to much research, mindfulness has a prime role in your mental health. Mindfulness provides health to your body, brain, and your behaviour. All these factors involve the improvement of your mental health.
Mindfulness is a practice of enjoying your present life instead of living in your past thoughts or bad experiences. It helps you get through your habit of feeling low and get over anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is simply the behaviour of awareness about living in the present, acceptance of yourself and others without judging; it’s a simple practice that helps us lead to a healthy mental state.
How to be mentally available
Being physically available at a place doesn’t mean your mind is also there as humans, this is normal, and our thoughts carry away our minds to a different world. To deal with this, mindfulness practices are done; these practices help you be present in the moment, you can face a lot of issues if you have a problem of absent mindfulness. Mindfulness helps us better our availability in daily life in our studies, workplace, and family.
Much research on mindfulness has identified these benefits:
- Stress reduction
- Memory improvement
- Focus improvement
- Less emotional reactivity
- More cognitive flexibility
- Relationship satisfaction
- Other benefits- such as increased immune functioning, improved well-being and better overall physical and mental health.
Mindfulness has many advantages and health benefits both physically and mentally. Something we feel can only serve as a positive in our hectic modern-day lives.