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The Benefits Of Mindfulness

by Patrick O’Loughlin on Wednesday 16 June 2021

If you’re burned out, a few minutes of mindfulness each day might make all the difference. 

Our non-stop schedules can make recharging tough. While a holiday might be your go-to for stress management, mindfulness can provide all the benefits of an exotic resort without the hefty price tag. 

Mindfulness basics

It’s no secret that positive thinking can change how your mind works. Mindfulness takes this concept to the next level by blurring out the hectic outside world, so you can redirect focus internally.

Depending on the mindfulness exercise, you might focus on things like physical sensations, sounds in your environment or emotions tumbling around in your head. This state of mind can help you to better appreciate the present moment and your sense of self. 

It might sound strange, but mindfulness is backed by science. Reputable studies have found practicing mindfulness regularly can improve your health, behaviour and outlook.

Why mindfulness is important

Mindfulness can improve your mental and physical health in all sorts of ways. It can help you:

  • increase focus
  • manage stress and anxiety
  • reduce stress
  • improve sleep
  • lower blood pressure

As well as invigorating you, these benefits can lead to better overall quality of life. Regular mindfulness exercises can help you focus on tasks at work, enrich your relationships and teach you invaluable emotional management techniques. 

Simple ways you can practice mindfulness 

Meditation is a great way to practice mindfulness, but mindfulness is about so much more. Here are three ways you can introduce mindfulness easily into your day-to-day life. 

Be in the moment

Shutting out the outside world is an excellent way to check-in with yourself. As well as giving yourself a chance to relax, a few minutes of quiet self-reflection can help you understand recent behaviours. This makes it a healthy and important way to self-manage your emotions. Plus, it gives you an opportunity to better understand yourself.

Breathing exercises

Breathing exercises are all about letting go of busy thoughts. Focusing on the physical movements of slow breaths can instil a state of calm similar to meditation. But unlike meditation, it’s an exercise that can be done just about anywhere. This can help you apply mindfulness wherever you might feel most stressed, whether in your workplace or out-and-about. 

Mindful eating

Yep, mindfulness even applies to eating! Rather than watching TV and unconsciously vacuuming down your dinner, mindful eating is all about savouring every bite. Mindful eating means paying attention to not only the taste of your food, but its smells and textures. You’ll not only enjoy your meals more, you’ll also likely eat less as well. 

Clear your headspace through mindfulness

Mindfulness is a simple way to clear your headspace, and improve your mental and physical health. Whether it be through meditation, breathing exercises, self-reflection or mindful eating, just a few minutes each day can help you rethink the world around you. 

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