With our extremely busy day-to-day activities, it's no surprise many of us need to practice meditation to release our minds of the tension we face daily. To help manage the stress we encounter daily mental health professionals suggest practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to continually maintain the awareness of our emotions, feelings, surroundings, and thoughts.
Read on to learn more so you too can start practicing mindfulness!
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Mindfulness Increases Your Ability To Focus
One realistic importance of practicing mindfulness is the ability to focus on the things around you. Many get so lost in their thoughts that they become completely unaware of what’s going on in their physical bodies. Practicing mindfulness helps to heighten our ability to focus. Several researchers and studies on the human mind prove that mindfulness helps improve our attention skills. Mindfulness can enhance our attention span, improves our memory, and also help to tune out distractions. With practicing mindfulness, you can expect your recall game to be magnificent.
Benefits Our Minds
As humans, we have varying emotions that sometimes make us question our character. You'd agree that being in control of negative emotions when they surface sometimes feels impossible. Practicing mindfulness helps you manage and reduce negative emotions which could also lead to a decrease in stress.
Aside from the fact that mindfulness helps you reduce the tension of negative emotions, it also increases positive emotions. Our mind is the powerhouse for our emotions, feelings, and thoughts. Practicing mindfulness helps you train your mind to channel a positive mindset.
Positively Changes Your Brain
The interaction between the mind and brain is vital to the level of positivity or negativity a person displays. Basic mindfulness meditation enables you to exercise the numerous neurons in your brain which supports positive thinking. Mindfulness meditation helps to increase the density of grey matter in the brain, which in turn boosts concentration, focus, memory, emotion regulation, and overall learning. Practicing mindfulness also enhances the section of the brain that controls empathy and compassion, two things the world could use more of!
Builds Up Compassion & Altruism
Empathy is the core nature of our existence as humans. Practicing mindfulness helps you to see the world beyond yourself. The energy that flows through your senses from your surroundings awakens you to the fact that there's more to living than you realized.
In today's world where the majority think less of helping people in need, you need mindfulness to help you care genuinely. Focusing on the energy around you through meditation and ruminating on positive thoughts about the world helps awake your ability to stay compassionate - to others and yourself.
Increases Relationship Satisfaction
Several relationships in the world today are bound to be doomed because neither or both parties understand self-love. A relationship thrives best when both partners have a love for themselves that is also able to be shared and extended to their loved ones. Affirmations while practicing mindfulness helps you to remind yourself that you're special, one of a kind, and capable of giving and accepting emotions and feelings of love!
Helps with Parenting
Parents are often overwhelmed by the thought and idea of being responsible for their children. The majority of individuals do not have their lives figured out yet, let alone being able to plan or prepare themselves to welcome a new life into this world. Practicing mindfulness helps parents (and future parents) to see beyond the overwhelming thoughts of being a parent/guardian. Also, parents who stick to mindfulness practices tend to have happier relationships with their children - find ways to introduce mindfulness to your children early!
Managing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Going through a traumatic event or series of events could result in PTSD. Interestingly, practicing mindfulness helps people who are dealing with PTSD to focus on their present lives when triggering moments arise. Mindfulness can help to alleviate the anxiety and stress from past events
By meditating on positive thoughts and entertaining positivity, practicing mindfulness helps to reduce the symptoms of PTSD. Symptoms like self-destructive behavior can begin to be diminished with learning how to regulate and control your emotions. For example, patients who suffer from regular social isolation constantly need a push or reason to hang out with friends and family. But most times, it's a conscious decision of the mind to accept that you have a life beyond your past experiences. Practicing mindfulness helps PTSD patients realize this which contributes significantly to their recovery.
There are several reasons why you should get started on your journey to mindfulness today! Writing/journaling, reciting affirmations, adopting a meditation practice, focusing on a positive mindset are all guaranteed to improve your overall mental well-being. How can you incorporate a mindfulness practice into your day to day life?