By Sarah Williams
If you’re wondering what aspect of your well-being to work on next, focus on mindfulness.
Why? Because it’s such a simple practice, that’s the opposite of complicating our lives. It’s all about spending time in the present, instead of going back to painful memories or making too many plans about the future and thus bringing unnecessary stress, anxiety and negativism.
To be mindful is to be free of anything that’s not happening right now, simply because you know that the present moment itself is enough.
All that helps you embrace insecurity. You let go of the need to prepare for the future, as that usually isn’t effective. Instead, you’re present and happy with what is.
But let’s talk about the health benefits of mindfulness now.
Yes, staying mindful is closely related to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. So the more mindful you become, the more you boost your health. You will also become more liked and interesting for others, because you are going to actually be present I see them how they truly are.
Here’s exactly how this happens:
1. You stop worrying.
Worries are for the people who are constantly waiting for the next thing they have to do, who imagine the worst that can happen, who can’t sleep at night because of the many thoughts on their mind.
But spending time in the present moment simplifies your life as you let go of all these. Mindfulness goes together with minimalism, which states that anything unnecessary should be eliminated so that you can welcome freedom, peace and gratitude in your life.
And because no negative thought can ever do something good, it’s best to just get rid of it.
2. You think more clearly.
Judging, criticizing, expecting, fearing, doubting – all these distract us when we’re trying to work on something important, to make a big life choice, to get creative and think of ideas, or else.
By being mindful you overcome such unpleasant emotions and mental habits and can think more clearly than ever.
That means boosting your focus and work performance, accomplishing your daily tasks and becoming more conscious and taking adequate decisions.
3. It eases pain.
Because mindfulness means emptying your mind of all random thoughts (which are the most common reason for all anxiety, fear, depression, or else), you can even alleviate pain.
Using the power of your mind, focusing on the place where it hurts, be it a headache, an upset stomach, or even muscle soreness after a workout, you can breathe deeply, let oxygen get to that part, and imagine how you’re exhaling all the pain and pressure that’s been there for some time.
4. It improves your sleep.
Getting the rest we need at night is crucial for being energetic and in the right mood the next day to get things done and go after our goals.
But it’s not always easy to fall asleep at night, to stop overthinking anything that happened during the day, and to actually get your 8 hours without being disturbed or waking up too often.
Mindfulness meditation before bed can help a lot. It’s like an orgasm for your brain. Close your eyes and ignore everything around you. Breathe deeply and empty your mind.
Then, concentrate on each muscle separately. Imagine how it’s tensed, but after exhaling it’s relaxed.
While in bed, put a light smile on your face and prepare mentally for getting a good night’s sleep.
If you haven’t given mindfulness a try simply because you didn’t know how much it could improve your life, now’s your chance.
Let’s get 1% better and more mindful daily!