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Mindfulness Can Relieve Stress

Just a Few Minutes a Day

By Elaine GallagherPublished 3 years ago Updated about a year ago 5 min read
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Mindfulness is a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, experiences and environment without judgement. Often, we live but are not present in our living. Practicing mindfulness lets us become more aware of our everyday lives a moment at a time.

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Mindfulness can be practiced anytime and anywhere. It allows you to bring your awareness to the present moment. The practice of mindfulness helps us to nourish and reinforce our own ability to restore our well-being. Resilience to stress is a key benefit of mindfulness. It is an art of accessing energy that helps you recognize the happiness in your life. Practicing mindfulness in these uncertain days may bring you overall wellbeing and better health.

Mindfulness helps you silence your mind, calms your nerves and examines your inner voice because even during free time, we seldom do nothing. We will text friends, check social media, turn the TV on, look at mail and so on. We are always thinking about our next activity and not trying to take everything out of our minds. Taking everything, I mean everything, out of our minds, is the only way to properly relax using mindfulness.

Mindfulness can be traced back to Buddhism. Buddha believed that there were three overarching purposes of mindfulness:

1. Knowing your mind – what makes you tick and understanding your inner motivation. Self-discovery without judgement and to observe feelings, thoughts, and reactions without criticism will help you understand what makes you tick.

2. Training the mind – to help it function in a beneficial way. When you fail to train your mind in a conscious manner it becomes vulnerable to external forces. Meditation is an extremely effective practice that trains the mind to live in the present moment with awareness.

3. Freeing the Mind – this is a freedom from negative thoughts. When we stop clinging to opinions, judgements, people and possessions our minds gradually become free.

In the 21st century, mindfulness is an effective intervention and is taught by professionals and leaders from different fields. Mindfulness based interventions (MBI) are seen as potentially beneficial in many fields. It is being taught with the help of several additional aids, using research, best practices, secular language and computer-aided interventions. MBI is used as an effective adjunct to cognitive and other therapies.

We can meditate while sitting, walking, drawing, and even jogging. The main objective is to help you focus on the present using physical sensations, feeling and mental state to develop our consciousness in this non-distracted state. Meditation practice helps tune into your inner self. It trains the mind to live in the present moment. The main concept is to avoid thinking about your next activity, errand or job while you are meditating. As you continue to practice, you will learn to slip more easily into this state of restful awareness. Because stress has a strong link to overall health and well-being, meditation is a suggested ritual to overcome stress in our daily lives.

It is also known that meditation promotes better sleep. Relaxation response helps mind and body relax making it is easier to fall asleep. Stimulation of TV, internet and electronic devices can increase restlessness. Mindfulness meditation helps you stay in the present moments including moments that happened a few minutes ago so it is suggested that this is last thing you do before bedtime.

Meditation also reduces hypertension which is a silent killer. Hypertension can lead to stroke or brain hemorrhages. Hypertension caused by late nights, overwork, overheating and prolonged stress are dangerous to your health and well-being. Meditation improves breathing, skin health and help chemotherapy patients as well.

The simple act of being present can make a significant difference to the way we approach our work, our relationships, our society and our challenges. There are many established therapies which help people deal with stress, depression and other physical and mental health conditions.

Mindfulness helps us manifest positive, empowering results due to purposeful deliberation and helps make us conscious and deliberate in our choices. The main objective is to direct our attention while silencing the internal chatter that continues in our hearts, day and night. It helps nourish and heal us. Mindfulness enhances clarity and focus while paving the way for improved decision-making skills. By learning to be in the present moment we improve the quality of our lives and transform our relationship with our thoughts. Mindfulness helps you reconnect with yourself.

Mindfulness can help with the stress we are facing during this new normal of social distancing. A new time where work situations are different, whether you are working from home or now not working at all, causes many new stresses which can be reduced with mindfulness strategies. Those that are in the front lines of this epidemic (healthcare workers, fire fighters, police officers, heads of communities) may also benefit from taking time out of their more stressful days to practice mindfulness. Perhaps now is the time to find some soothing classical music and set yourself apart from everyone for a few minutes each day and just be. One step at a time and we will get through this but you need to practice self-care– mindfulness techniques can improve sleep and overall well-being.

I became so interested in mindfulness that I took a course in it at New Skills Academy. I am happy to share my certification in mindfulness received today. I hope that you think about making this journey in your life as well. It helps you deal with the day to day anxiety that controls your life. Happy meditating.


About the Creator

Elaine Gallagher

I am an elementary educator and freelance writer. I enjoy writing about education, health and fitness and every day life issues. You can find my writing at egallagher.contently.com and my blog, Just Me, https://egallagher713.wordpress.com

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