Mindfulness has been gaining a lot of attention recently, and rightly so. With mental health on the rise and technology permeating every aspect of our lives. It’s no surprise, that we find ourselves distracted and disconnected with our minds, bodies and lives. The concept of mindfulness involves being completely present to the moment and having a deep awareness of our thoughts and emotions. If your still not convinced, we want to share with you five reasons why you should begin embracing mindfulness and how you can start.
Practising mindfulness enables you to reduce stress by allowing you to process what you are feeling and thinking the moment a stressor appears in your life. Furthermore, by doing so you are able to engage the “wise mind” to understand how you can resolve the problem you are faced with. Sometimes we may face an insurmountable task, leading may cause one to feel overwhelmed and anxious. To counter this, try visualising the situation/task and take a moment to analyse how this makes you feel and process how your body is reacting. Next, begin to associate positive emotions to the sensations you are experiencing and monitor how your body feels when doing so.
Through embracing mindfulness approach to your life, you will develop an appreciation for where you are in your life. Mindfulness allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures, and be fully engaged in your daily activities. In addition to this, it will prevent your mind from wandering into the unknown and worrying about the future and regretting mistakes from the past. You can begin by simply, taking a walk. Begin by clearing your mind, and appreciate your surroundings in all its beauty, channel your ears to hear the sounds around you, feel each step you take and simply observe the world in all its majesty.
“Be happy in the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” - Mother Teresa
In life, we have aspirations for things we would like to achieve, it may be wanting to lose some weight, improve relationships with our family or maybe improve our overall well-being. However, no matter how much we strive to achieve them, we find ourselves losing track and losing motivation. Research by the Internation Journal of Wellbeing found that individuals who practised mindfulness had a higher internal locus of control which resulted in setting realistic goals and attaining them. Mindfulness equips us with perspective and acknowledging that we will experience obstacles but also equips us with the tools to overcome and achieve.
The term “Emotional Intelligence” was coined by Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer, who defined it as social intelligence. Which is where an individual is able to track and manage their own emotions and those around them. Engaging in mindfulness can make you a more compassionate individual, and increase altruistic behaviour. This is because you become tuned into other people’s needs and are able to see things from their perspective. A study in 2013, found that individuals who had been practising mindfulness were more inclined to help an individual who required assistance.
We could not leave you without talking about sleep. Practising mindfulness can particularly help those who suffer from sleep disturbances. Julie Corliss, who writes extensively for Harvard Health explains that individuals who had completed a mindfulness-awareness program once a week experienced fewer disturbances in their sleep and reported an improvement in their sleeping habits. It also helps individuals who have over-active minds and have trouble quieting their minds before sleep.
There you have it, our five reasons why you should consider practising mindfulness. We hope this article brings helps to bring value and improves the quality of your life. At Anatomē, we have a number of bespoke oils and elixirs that are designed to increase your well-being and complement your mindful sessions.Find out more here