Let’s talk mindfulness. What is it, how does it work, how can we implement it into our lives? By definition, mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. Sounds simple, right? It may be, but for most of us, it takes mental and emotional discipline. Distractions in those areas can have our minds all over the place and unable to quiet our thoughts enough to be as in tune or aware as we should be.
Mindfulness consists of being present in the moment. Being present is successful when you can calmly acknowledge and accept your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. In the mental health world, this is often used as therapy and something that I practice in my personal life. Here are some ways practicing mindfulness is deemed beneficial: 1. Reduces rumination/depressive symptoms 2. Reduces stress 3. Boosts your working memory 4. Helps with focus 5. Lessons emotional reactions 6. Increases cognitive flexibility 7. Relational satisfaction In my own life, I have noticed that when I take the time to center myself, it not only calms me on the inside, but the atmosphere around me improves. I’d suggest trying it out for yourself this week. I would love to hear about your experiences!