Some Benefits of Being Mindful
Being mindful is something we should all practice. It means focusing on the present moment and not letting distractions pull you away. Here are some benefits of being mindful:
Improved sense of well-being
People who practice mindfulness are less likely to be as stressed. They’re not worrying about the future and they’re not grinding on the past. They’re able to enjoy each moment and by doing that are able to create stronger bonds with those they love.
Improved physical health
Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness can actually have a positive impact on your health. Here are some health benefits of mindfulness:
- Helps to relieve stress
- Helps to lower blood pressure
- Reduces chronic pain
- Improves sleep
Improved mental health.
There have also been studies done that show mindfulness can improve your mental health. It can help treat:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
How To Practice Mindfulness
Here are three things you can start doing today to help you be more mindful and live a more rewarding life:
- Breathe. Sounds simple right? You’d be surprised though by how often most of us are not breathing properly. When you have a few free minutes find a quiet spot. Just sit and focus on your breath. I find it helps to follow a count: breathe in for 4 counts then out for 4 counts. As you get better you can extend your count. You’ll be surprised by how easy this makes it to focus on just your breath and drown everything else out.
- Become aware of your body. Find a quiet spot for this too. This will take a bit more focus. If you can lie down in a comfortable spot. Close your eyes and then start focusing on different parts of your body. Start at your feet. Spend some time here and focus on what you’re feeling in your feet. Then slowly work your way up your body. Notice if you’re feeling any tightness. If you do try to let the tightness go. This brings us to the third thing to try.
- Let go of tension. When we’re distracted and/or stressed our body will become tense. For most people this tension is most noticeable in their neck and shoulders. You’re probably holding tension in other areas too. In your quiet spot, while you’re breathing deeply and becoming aware of your body look for those tense spots. Once you find one focus on letting it go. Keep doing this for each tense spot in your body. This could take a bit of time so if you’re short on time focus on one area today and do the others on another day.
Go Be Mindful
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and lose the ability to be mindful. You might think you’re doing a great job of multi-tasking and getting lots done but really in the end you’re only giving a small part of yourself to things that require a large part. Becoming mindful will change your outlook on life and you’ll be able to deeply connect with the people and things that are truly important to you. Mindfulness leads to a rich and rewarding life.