This is a special feature from fellow health advocate Juliette Foster, who has personally used mindfulness therapy in her life to reduce stress… and now desires to share her resource guide with others!
Reap the Benefits of Adopting Mindful Principles
Mindfulness can benefit your physical and mental well-being, but what does this practice involve and how does it work? Simply put, being more mindful means an increased awareness of the way you think and feel, as well as being more aware of your environment, at one particular time. Through mindfulness you also avoid judging your thoughts and feelings, leading to a greater acceptance, and as you focus on the moment you are not distracted by the past or future. This Buddhist practice is designed to help you understand yourself better, take control of your mind and rid yourself of the unhelpful thoughts you hold on to, helping you to move forward.
Mechanisms of mindfulness
Mindfulness operates through multiple mechanisms to offer its many benefits. Firstly, focusing on an object helps to remove past memories and prevents you looking into the future. Secondly, concentrating on your breathing or emotions increases your awareness of your body. Thirdly, putting yourself in a situation and resisting a reaction helps with emotion regulation. Finally, by accepting that you can change yourself this allows you to make positive steps towards better health.
The value of being mindful
As mindfulness aids relaxation, reduces anxiety and regulates mood, it has the potential to improve your sleep. However, that’s not all that this practice offers. Mindfulness can aid learning, memory and concentration, offering benefits in the classroom. When you are more mindful this can also help to improve your physical health, as you are more conscious of what you eat, and research shows that chronic pain responds well to mindfulness and you can enhance the strength of your immune system through this practice too. Your relationships are also strengthened through mindful practices and you are better able to reach out to others thanks to feeling greater empathy.