What is Mindfulness and Why Should I Give it a Try?

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Get the scoop on mindfulness and find out if you should give a try!

A Brief Intro To Mindfulness

Just a few years ago, many people hadn't heard of mindfulness, but now it seems to be all over the place. With roots found in Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism, mindfulness as a has evolved over time into what we know today.

To put it simply, mindfulness is living in the moment, but it's also much more than that. It is being fully present in what we are doing, thinking, feeling, seeing, hearing, and more. It involves a degree of awareness, a degree of acceptance of what's happening in the present without focusing on the future or dwelling on the past.

When practicing mindfulness, it means trying not to judge yourself over the thoughts that pop into your head and not being too critical over past mistakes. With mindfulness, it's more important to focus on who you are now.

What Mindfulness Can Do For You

Now that we've gone over the basics of what mindfulness is, we'll get into how it can benefit you. There are many ways practicing mindfulness can improve your life. Here are just a few:

• Practicing mindfulness improves self-esteem and increases body image.

• Mindfulness boosts immune function, meaning you're less likely to get sick.

• You'll become a better student! Your memory will improve, your attention span will get bigger, and helps you better ignore distractions.

• Practicing mindfulness can help improve sleep quality, especially for people that work stressful jobs.

• It will also make your relationships stronger with "improved levels of relationship happiness, relationship stress, stress coping efficacy, and overall stress."

How You Can Incorporate Mindfulness Into Your Daily Life

Finding ways to bring mindfulness into your day can have such a positive impact on your life. Not only can it improve your day, but it can also improve your general mood. There are plenty of ways to incorporate moments of mindfulness into your day too, especially if you're just starting out. Check out this list and select a few to do each week to get started. If it helps, consider adding another one!

• Check in with yourself. A few times a day, ask yourself how you're feeling. Take a moment for yourself if you need to.

Stay present through the difficult things. If you tend to tune out or shut down when things get difficult, it slows down the healing process, but discovering how to deal with the pain promotes healing.

• Keep in mind that negative or intrusive thoughts don't make us who we are. We all have them, and being mindful of that fact will help gain control over them.

• Practice mindful breathing, which is paying attention to each inhale and exhale.

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