Practicing mindfulness, being mindful of mental and physical health as well as meditations, results in positive changes in life. Graphic by Misha Mosiichuk.
Focus on yourself, focus on your thoughts, and listen to your feelings – this is how you can achieve the best possible mental state for you.
According to Mindful, “Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. “
It is about being in harmony with yourself, your body, your mind and what is going on around you. Being aware and “in the moment” will be powerful which can make a difference in your life for the better.
Having a sense of awareness will improve your mental health by reducing your stress which, probably, most of your stressors relate to future situations. If you are able to live and accept the present moment, you will not worry about future events.
Psychology Today states, “As mindfulness has moved into mainstream science and medicine, it has become an essential therapeutic technique; it has been incorporated into Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, among others.
The ability to be mindful is a quality that all humans have, and it is something that you can find within yourself. We all have the capacity to practice mindfulness. It may take practice and repetition to fully understand and notice a difference, but everyone has the capacity to participate in mindfulness.
According to the Help Guide, mindfulness is all about accepting your current state, not judging your emotions, feelings, or thoughts. The ability to come to terms with your current state is so healthy and will make you feel happier and more present in your busy day.
“Being mindful makes it easier to savor the pleasures of life as they arise, helps you engage fully in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with unwanted events,” says the guide. ‘aid.
Here are some of the ways I like to add mindfulness to my day.
- YouTube is a great resource for finding guided meditations. In the search bar, you can type “mindfulness meditation”. In the video, a voice will guide you through the mindfulness practices. It includes specific meditations for bedtime, morning, middle of the day, etc.
- Journaling is a way to get the thoughts swirling around your head out of there and onto paper. Whether you use a gratitude journal or a journal of your day, it can help you get in tune with your feelings and emotions. It’s also a great way to have time to take care of yourself, as you mostly talk about yourself when writing a journal.
- Going for walks can do wonders for you, mentally. Whether you like going with a friend, alone and listening to the sounds of nature, or tune in to your favorite podcast to listen to while walking, it will all be beneficial and make a difference. It’s also a great way to add physical movement to your day, which will also improve your mental health.
- Be in tune with your breathing patterns. Focus on your breathing if you are feeling overwhelmed as this is the best way to rejuvenate yourself and pay attention to your body and the energy it gives off.
Mindful exercise, according to the Mayo Clinic, can help you shift your focus away from all of life’s stressors and engage with the world and space around you.
The Mayo Clinic states, “Aim to practice mindfulness every day for about six months. Over time, you may find that mindfulness becomes effortless. See this as a commitment to reconnect and nurture yourself.
Adding mindfulness practices to your day will dramatically increase your mental health. Start today, begin the journey of acceptance and peace. Once you have found and realized that there is a safe open space where you can forget about all the things going through your head like planning, problem solving, and negative thinking, you have achieved mindfulness.