• Mindfulness: A Brief Guide

    Mindfulness: A Brief Guide

If you’re looking for simple ways to improve your wellness, this mindfulness guide is a great starting point. Simply put, mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. A way of connecting with your surroundings, as well as a form of relaxation. And this health approach is becoming more prevalent as people seek ways to care for themselves.

Of course, most people are mindful in small doses each day, but what this practice emphasizes is letting go of distractions and setting aside time to do exactly that. But, why is this elevated sense of self-awareness important?

4 Benefits of Mindfulness

  • Studies in mindfulness have shown that it can be credited with decreasing anxiety and stress and lowering blood pressure. In addition, it has been found to have benefits in managing diagnoses such as depression, irritable bowel syndrome and more.  
  • Those who practice mindful meditation also cite increased feelings of purpose, happiness, patience and positivity.
  • It’s cost-effective and accessible. As far as health and wellness efforts are concerned, this one can cost virtually nothing but a few minutes of your time. Some may opt to attend courses or subscribe to apps that guide them in their practice. But, to get started with the practice, these things aren’t required. You can find tons of free resources for this type of meditation.
  • You can do it virtually anywhere. Whether it’s a few minutes during your morning routine or while you’re stopped in a traffic jam- there are no restrictions on where and when you can practice mindfulness.

Getting Started with Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness does take some effort on your part. Including that you take a break from multi-tasking, list-making, and self-doubt.

Tips for Beginners

  • Find a comfortable spot. Whether it’s in your favorite chair or sitting in the yard. Choose a space that you find relaxing.
  • Start out small. You’ll ease into the practice more comfortably by starting with just a few minutes at a time. You can easily find guided meditations that are as short as 2-5 minutes.
  • Schedule time each day. Carve out a part of your day daily. There are always a few minutes worth sparing for your own health and wellbeing.
  • Commend yourself. Mindfulness works if you leave behind the self-criticism. You’re doing it right if you’re trying- so congratulate yourself for the effort. You’ll get better at it and feel the effects grow over time.

Mindfulness Resources

When you’re ready to get started there are some great resources available.

Resources to Consider

  • Mindfulness Apps for your phone such as Headspace or Calm
  • Youtube videos for guided meditations
  • Publications such as Mindful
  • Subscribing to a blog like this one
  • Yoga instruction at a local fitness facility to learn breathing techniques

Originally published on the Confident Living website with the same title.

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