Benefits Of Being Mindful

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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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
  1. Improved mental health.

    There have also been studies done that show mindfulness can improve your mental health.  It can help treat:

  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Living In The Moment

In our busy world few of us really take the time to be in the present moment and really appreciate it.  Often people miss out on right now because they are too preoccupied with the past and what’s going to happen next.  Living in the moment is a skill that is very underrated.

Benefits Of Living In The Moment

It helps you deal with physical pain.

When you take the time to acknowledge the pain you’re feeling and explore it, it helps you to deal with it.  When you try to turn away from the pain this can lead to feelings of resentment and blame as well as other kinds of mental neediness.

It makes your workout seem easier.

When you think about your workout it might seem like a long grueling endeavor.  When you’re actually doing it all you’re doing is completing one thing at a time.  If you stay in the moment it’s always just one action that you are performing right now.  Keep your mind in that one moment and don’t worry about what’s coming up next and you’ll find you get through your workout a lot easier.

Big projects don’t seem as big.

When you have a big project to complete, thinking about it can make it seem impossible to you.  If you just choose to start at step one and commit to being totally present with each step before you know it the project is complete and you’ll wonder why you were so stressed out about it.

You eat less and enjoy more.

When you savor what you’re eating you’ll not only enjoy it more but you’ll actually eat less.  You’ll be more aware of when you’re satisfied rather than mindlessly going from bite to bite until everything’s gone.  Eating is so much more pleasurable when you take the time to experience each bite and savor the moment.

You don’t stress out about things that don’t matter right now.

We all have stress.  Paying bills can be a huge stress for people but it shouldn’t always be looming over you.  If you’re not going to act on something right now, don’t let that thought invade your mind.  Have a set date for when you pay your bills and for the rest of the month don’t let that stress take you away from the moment.

Enjoy This Moment Now

What are you doing right now?  Are you fully immersed in it or are you thinking about other things at the same time?  Shut out the other thoughts and really focus on what’s happening right now.