Importance of Mindfulness
What is mindfulness? How do we practice it? Why is it important?
Mindfulness is the practice of focusing solely on the present moment and accepting it as it is, without any judgement. It is the key element to stress reduction and happiness.
The beginning roots stem from Buddhism, who use meditation techniques that help to shift thoughts away from the usual everyday thoughts and onto a larger perspective on life.
Some significant changes occur in your wellbeing, physical health and mental health through daily mindfulness.
For wellbeing, mindfulness helps you to become fully engaged in activities, making you less preoccupied with concerns on success and self-esteem. You will also be able to form more deep connections with others.
Scientists have discovered that mindfulness techniques help improve physical health in several ways. It can help to relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain and improve sleep.
In terms of mental health, mindfulness helps to treat depression, substance abuse, eating disorder, couple conflicts, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Some experts believe that mindfulness works by helping people to accept their experiences rather than react to them with avoidance. It is becoming very common to use mindfulness along with therapy, specifically CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).
Some techniques for mindfulness include sitting quietly and focusing on your natural breathing. You allow thoughts to come and go without lingering on them, then return your focus on your breathing.
During this, you notice any body sensations, such as tingling or itching, and you let them pass without doing anything. Notice everything but do nothing. Only feel the breath going in and out of your body.
Moreover, focus on sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touches. Name them and let them pass. Feel the emotions inside you and let them pass too. Accept the presence of each of these things and let them go.
Throughout this process, make sure you are not disturbed and that you stay in one place comfortably, so that you don’t feel the need to get up and readjust your position.
Try it anywhere and share your experiences. Do some journaling before or after to write down your thoughts and date them. After a while, you will notice some changes in your words and your feelings.