What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the simple human skill to be fully present, conscious of where one is and what
one is doing, and not judging the way you feel by what is happening around you. It is one of the most effective tools for better mental health. It generally involves a heightened awareness of sensory stimuli (noticing your breathing, feeling the sensations of your body, etc.) and being “in the now.”
Something that has its roots in meditation and the Buddhist way of life, it’s an excellent way of being aware of your physical body and thoughts.
But how do you know if you need mindfulness in your life? Though mindfulness is an excellent practice to have as part of your day-to-day life, it’s extremely important for those who might be struggling with the following:
- You are struggling with feelings of anxiety or depression.
- You feel distracted or find it hard to concentrate.
- You feel stressed.
- You have a hard time practicing self-compassion.
- You struggle with overeating or excessive snacking.
- You tend to focus on negative emotions.
- Your relationships with others are not as close or as strong as you would like.
A few tips to follow in Mindfulness are;
- Focus on your breathing
- Be mindful of the present chores being undertaken like eating, walking, etc
- Concentrate on your body sensations
- Maintain a journal of your thoughts and emotions.
- Be grateful
- Go for walks
- Know that thoughts are different from facts
- Concentrate on the present
- Do not think about the past or future
- Try new things
We hope this helps you and opens a new scope of calmness and peace in your life!