Mindfulness Makes You Feel Better.
There is an increasing body of evidence that practicing mindfulness can help you feel happier. Studies have found that it can even combat some of the symptoms of depression. Some of the symptoms it can help include forgetfulness, poor concentration, negative thoughts, including poor self-image or worries about the future.
Practicing Mindfulness helps you to disengage from your thoughts. By allowing you to see them non-judgmentally, you can watch them as they come and go, without getting so caught up in believing them. After all, thoughts are not facts.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the art of focusing on the present moment, without judgment. It stops you worrying about the future or obsessing about the past. Mindfulness is the art of being present to what is happening in the moment. It is the art of focused attention.
By staying in the present moment, you can experience a richer and more authentic life. It has been practiced for thousands of years, typically by Buddhists, but you do not have to adhere to any religion to practice it. It is one form of meditation and can help improve memory and concentration.
How To Practice Mindfulness
The simplest way to practice mindfulness is to focus on your breath. Observe your breath as you breathe in, and again as you breathe out. If you get distracted by your thoughts, just return to focusing on your breath. It’s that simple. You can also use your senses as a way to become more mindful of the present moment.
For example, you can feel the weight of your body as you sit in your chair; you can notice sounds around you, like the hum of your computer, cars in the distance and so on. You can notice any smells and tastes in your mouth, and notice what you are seeing, the colors, shapes and textures in your line of vision.
Experts say it is a good idea to start with about ten to fifteen minutes of practice a day. You can notice positive benefits very quickly with daily practice.
Mindfulness Can Make You Happier
Studies have shown that feelings of well-being, feelings of connection to self and others and an increased sense of belonging are all enhanced by the practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness can reduce feelings of anxiety and increase feelings of relaxation as you lose your attachment to your thoughts.
You watch them come and go but you don’t buy into them in the same way. You know they are thoughts and are not necessarily about reality. Many thoughts can be negative and lead to feelings of unhappiness. When we disengage from these thoughts, we can increase our happiness levels.
Therefore, by practicing mindfulness daily, in a few short weeks you can begin to feel a greater sense of well-being and more connected to yourself. This helps you relate to others in a clearer and more meaningful way, as you are not hampered by habitual negative thoughts or perhaps past memories.
You are able to remain centered and focused on what is happening in that moment. As you disengage from your negative thoughts, an underlying peacefulness can emerge which then informs everything that you do. You no longer worry about the future and you learn to feel more ease with each moment as it arises.