The Many Potential Benefits Of Mindfulness
Mindfulness sounds a like a vague concept on first impressions; the idea of being mindful of your real thoughts, feelings, and emotions can sound like psychological rubbish to those that are less than interested in these sorts of healing practices but the principles and techniques taught in mindfulness classes actually have a surprising number of benefits. This guide to mindfulness will look at how it is simple in its processes and concepts yet complex and wide-ranging in its impact on health.
So, where to start with mindfulness and mindfulness meditation?
If you are interested in trying out some mindfulness techniques and meditation for yourself then you will be pleased to know that it is very easy to begin because it is free, requires no equipment and can be started right this second. The best, first course of action to take if you are interested in becoming more mindful is to get in touch with how your body and mind is really feeling by taking a few seconds to just stop, listen and feel. How anxious are you, where do you feel tense, what is on your mind? By answering these questions and controlling your focus you can better connect with you mind and body.
From there, connect with the world around you and pay attention to the little things, get a new sense of awareness for different, sensory stimuli. This is just the start, and is not full mindfulness meditation, but it is a way of getting to understand the practices of mindfulness. Once you have grasped basic concepts like objective thinking and breathing you can push on and use mindfulness to improve your mental health.
What benefit can all this objective thinking and deep connection really have on our mental health?
Mindfulness for mental health is one of the main areas that interested participants will be familiar with because, unsurprisingly, this form of introspective meditation centres on addressing stress and anxiety and can have great potential for people suffering from depression. Stress and mindfulness go hand in hand and there are even studies that show a positive effect on both the general state of mind of the individual indulging in this form of meditation and their levels of cortisol – one of the major stress hormones. This link between mindfulness and cognitive function has deep implications for treatment in areas such as depression but it could also have a positive effect on children and students.
The use of mindfulness meditation lessons in school is a controversial one but it has attracted many students and teachers because of the way that in can improve attention, increase memory and, more importantly, tackle bigger issues such as test scores and school-based anxiety and depression.
Can embracing mindfulness have any physical advantages for users?
It is not just your mind that can benefit from these mindfulness technique; there are other, physiological benefits too and these exercises can even change the way that the brain physically functions. The concepts of unfogging your mind and adding some clarity to your perceptions of your current surroundings and physical state may seem perfectly tailored for nothing more than mental health; however, research suggests that the techniques taught can actually affect the physical connections in the brain and literally provide a better, clearer pathway. On top of this, the areas of the brain that deal with emotion and stress get a physical workout to help them deal with the issues in a more advantageous way by changing in size and dealing with hormones more efficiently. Add to this the potential health benefits of better immunity, lower blood pressure and the implications on weight loss with mindful eating and you have a system that can physically aid you in many surprising ways.
Summary: why the true potential of mindfulness techniques could surprise you.
Clearly there is more to mindfulness techniques than meets the eye and the initial perception of this method – something that some Western eyes tend to struggle with – has to be re-evaluated when you consider the potential that it has on mental health, physical health and education. Mindfulness meditation and related exercises are easy to pick and slot into your daily routine so start slow, open your mind up to objective thinking and you may find yourself on the way to becoming a more relaxed, emotive or attentive person with less stress and better health.