The popularity of mindfulness has steadily increased in the recent years, with more and more people migrating towards this form of meditation which is a mode of self-awareness and relaxation-Both of which are very much needed in the world that we live in. mindfulness is nothing but the habitual process of training your mind and focusing on the things around you. In a way, you are redirecting your thoughts and your emotions to what you are feeling immediately, in the present. By grounding yourself with something around you, you are disconnecting yourself from the hustle and bustle of your anxious minds.
People practice mindfulness techniques to help them in forming other habitual processes and enhance the general mood and emotional well-being. That is not all- there are a host of other benefits of mindfulness that we shall be taking a look through today. Let’s get started!
Helps To Put A Lid On The Stress
Stress is one of the most common reasons why people look towards the general direction of mindfulness and meditation. With the increasingly deadline-ridden world that we are a part of, the cortisol levels in the body don’t know bounds. The increased production of cortisol, which is the stress hormone, can cause a range of harmful effects if acted upon for a long time.
Production of cortisol can lead to the release of inflammation producing chemicals that are called cytokines. This affects the quality of the sleep and turns your sleep cycle upside down. There is an increased risk of mental illness to come into play; you are at greater risk of depression and anxiety. There is an increased strain on the cardiovascular system, with the blood pressure increasing. Your heart is under greater duress and you end up feeling tired and fed up.
The long term effects of stress can cause heart ailments and increase your chances of stroke.
Mindfulness and meditation can arm you for the fight against stress! There are studies that have concluded the notable effects of meditation and mindfulness in combating increased stress levels. There were improved symptoms of stress-related ailments such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to name a few.
Boost Emotional Health And Well-Being
Mindfulness can improve how you see yourself in your eyes and help you see through a positive lens. As mentioned earlier, an increase in cortisol can lead to the increase in cytokines, which is an inflammation-promoting chemical. This in turn worsens the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
There are studies that have proven that mediation and mindfulness can reduce the production of cytokines and help strike a balance.
Those who practiced meditation and mindfulness have been seen to have greater development and change in the portion of the brain controlling positive thinking and optimism.
Help You Learn About Yourself
Understanding about yourself and realizing what is in store for you, helps you to grow.
Mindfulness is a way to kick out the bad thoughts; thoughts that are harmful and don’t help you grow. There are techniques that cancel out the self-defeating thoughts and steer you towards constructive and reinforcing forms of thinking.
A study was conducted with 40 men and women over the age of 60, who took a mindfulness meditation program and they ended up feeling less lonely, in comparison to a group that underwent no such program.
Meditation can help in boosting creativity and increase the artistic expressions that lie dormant within you.
Vastly Increase Your Attention Span
Being able to pay attention is equivalent to be holding a weight for as long as you can without dropping it…but for the brain. The better your attention is, the longer you can hold this imaginary mental weight.
Mindfulness and meditation help in attention focusing, and a study found that the participants of the study group were able to stay focused on a task for longer. They were also able to recall key metrics and details relating to their task, better than their mindfulness-deprived counterparts.
Mindfulness also helps in preventing the mind from wandering and worrying, unnecessarily.
You Are Kinder To The World
There are certain forms of mindfulness and meditation that aims to promote positive feeling within a person. This translates to the action of love, care and kindness that helps nourish one’s immediate vicinity.
There is a particular type of meditation, called Metta which is a form of developing kindness and thoughts of compassion to yourself. Once you have mastered it, you can redirect it externally- to your family, friends, acquaintances and even your ‘enemies’.
A study was performed which demonstrated that the ability to be compassionate and kind to the people around you, rose for those who underwent this mode of meditation. You can improve your marriage, reduce conflict and help in social anxiety and anger management.
If you are looking for a sign to perform mindfulness, this is it.