What it Is? How It Can help?
We have heard that mindfulness helps reduce stress.
But how being mindful actually help us do that?
Thats what inspired me to write this article. Hope by the we reach to the end the goal is acheived..
Lots of scientific evidence from hundreds of universities—including dedicated centers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the United States and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom—strongly suggests that mindfulness not only reduces stress but also gently builds an inner strength so that future stressors have less impact on our happiness and physical well-being. We will discuss some of the ways mindfulness helps can help us with stress.
But before that, lets find out
What Mindfulness is-
Mindfulness has been defined as
"a moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment" .
Which means having conscious awareness of one's own thoughts, feelings, sensations, and behaviors, without evaluation, or the formation of an opinion.
We are acting mindfully when we listen to a song we love, and notice every tiny detail in the sound. Or maybe we have felt anxiety before a big event like a presentation or a job interview, or a wedding, we acknowledge that feeling, and chose to simply accept it.
The opposite of mindfulness would be those times when our body works on "autopilot". Maybe when we have eaten a meal and realized we did not taste a thing, just because we were not paying attention. Or maybe we said something rude out of anger, without realizing that our emotions were driving our actions, until it was too late.
Before getting into Mindfulness i use to experience all these things and a very peculier things use to happen was when i use to start sriving for work or to friends i use to overshoot and use to realize later and turn the car, which use to result in time and client loss and most of the times delays at work due to this.
Over the past decade, mindfulness has emerged as a popular component to many types of psychotherapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
But what does mindfulness actually do for us, and for Others?
Does it really help?
Lets delve deeply..
1. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts. We can then step back from them and not take them so literally. That way, our stress response is not initiated in the first place.
2. We dont immediately react to a situation. Instead, we have a moment to pause and then use our "wise mind" to come up with the best solution. Mindfulness helps us do this through the mindful exercises.
3. Mindfulness switches on our "being" mode of mind, which is associated with relaxation. Our "doing" mode of mind is associated with action and the stress response.
4. We are more aware and sensitive to the needs of our body. We may notice pains earlier and can then take appropriate action.
5. We are more aware of the emotions of others. As our emotional intelligence rises, we are less likely to get into conflict.
6. We start caring and become compassionate towards ourselves and others. This compassionate mind soothes us and inhibits our stress response.
7. Mindfulness practice reduces activity in the part of our brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is central to switching on our stress response, so effectively, our background level of stress is reduced.
8. We are able to focus better. We complete our work more efficiently, we have a greater sense of well-being, and this reduces the stress response. We are more likely to get into "the zone" or "flow," as it's termed in psychology by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
We can switch our attitude to the stress. Rather than just seeing the negative consequences of feeling stressed, mindfulness offers us the space to think differently about the stress itself. Observing how the increased pressure helps energize us has a positive effect on our body and mind.
I am sure we are clearer in our understanding of mindfulness a bit more.
Please do share your thoughts.