Originally posted on the Life Ready Physio blog

How often have you found yourself not concentrating on what you are actually meant to be doing?

Have you felt your mind snowball from one thought to the next and in no time you’ve made a mistake or forgotten the task itself?

Stressing over events in the past or giving anxious energy to future problems before they have even occurred is problematic.

We also often rush through life, creating stress for our present and future selves from nothing. And if you are always racing to the next moment, what happens to the one you are in?

Mindfulness is all about being immersed in the present moment, bringing together your body and mind in a way that allows you to appreciate the moment you are in. It is an area that is currently a hot topic in Western psychology and mind re-training. Mindfulness is a method of paying attention that can help with how you cope with everyday life or deal with tough times.

It has great benefits for your physical and mental health and it is being increasingly recognised as an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, enhance emotional intelligence and effectively handful painful thoughts and feelings.

When you are mindful, you are able to focus on the present moment – you do not think about anything that went on in the past or what might be coming up in future. Your mind does not wander and you can purposely concentrate on what’s happening around you. Mindfulness is a way of clearing your head, bringing us back to experiencing life as it happens.

So how do we become more mindful? What can we change?

Well, the first port of call is actually starting to make some time for mindfulness on a daily basis. Making time is the only hard part, as practicing it is actually not a hard concept.

To start, maybe ask yourself how often do you take time off from technology during your day? How often do you put yourself and your wellness first rather than thinking about work, family, friends and other responsibilities?

To begin with, for one month, take just 10 minutes every day for some time to yourself. You never know, this may result positively on your life as well as those you come into contact with.

The benefits of mindfulness can be:

 

  • Helps relieve stress
  • Help improve sleep
  • Helps manage depression and/ or anxiety
  • Helps you to be less angry or moody
  • Improves memory
  • Helps you learn more easily
  • Helps you to solve problems easily
  • Helps you to be more emotionally stable
  • Improves your breathing, reduce your heart rate
  • Helps you cope with pain
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