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The Many Benefits of Mindfulness

Wellness

Suzanne Taylor-King BS, CHLC, CHN, CaPP, AADP

Mindfulness is something you may have seen in the personal development
section of bookstores, as part of a yoga DVD, or in various health and wellbeing stores.  You may already know that there are different aspects to mindfulness, including meditation. What you may not know are the benefits of mindfulness in your life.

Before you think there is too much involved and not enough reward for
that involvement, consider these three benefits of mindfulness in your life.

Reducing Anxiety and Stress

There are several techniques in mindfulness that can help with anxiety and the reduction of stress. Breathing techniques, meditation, and mind mapping are just three of these methods. The key point to remember with each of these methods is that they benefit you by helping you refocus and reduce the triggers in your life. They help you sort out the issues that you would normally stress out over and eventually have anxiety over. Mindfulness also helps you cope with future issues to avoid an immediate reaction and increase your anxiety regarding the situation.

Body Acceptance

Body acceptance is something you may not think of when you think of
mindfulness. The truth is, body acceptance can play a great deal into your stress and anxiety and how you view the world around you. Over the course of using meditation and other techniques, you may find what is triggering your body related issues, including your weight loss obstacles and unhealthy options that you are moving towards during triggered issues that cause stress.  Once you begin working with mindfulness techniques you will start to see a better appreciation for yourself, your body journey, and where you are in the moment.

Life Acceptance

Sometimes we just aren’t happy with our lives. We aren’t happy with different aspects that we feel we can’t change and must simply deal with. This can lead to depression and other issues including body issues. Mindfulness can help you find gratitude for various things in your life, find issues and people in your life that are toxic, and find ways to keep what works and get rid of what doesn’t with grace and acceptance. This can lead us to life acceptance and accepting the events that happen for what they are at that moment.

These benefits are just a starting point for mindfulness in your life. Noticing the other benefits that start to reveal themselves to you as you become deeper and more involved in the practice.

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You may think it is all about meditation and how to find out more about
yourself. What you may be thinking is that you don’t have time or that the
process just won’t do anything for you in your life. There are actually
several things you should know about mindfulness before you toss it out
the door as something that won’t work for you or isn’t for you. Here are a
few of those key points.

Mindfulness Helps Focus

One of the key points to mindfulness is how it helps with focus. By working
through the stages of mindfulness and learning different techniques, such
as breathing, you will start to learn to focus on certain stages and aspects
of your life. For example, instead of focusing on all of your tasks for the
day, the week, your friend’s tasks, and everything else going on you can
focus on the task at hand and be present in that task. This allows you to
get the task done quickly and easily.

Mindfulness Helps Stress

Stress can be brought on by a number of issues. One of the main issues
is having too much on our task list and not enough time to focus on each
item to completion. Other stressful aspects can be the outside influences
of others including gossip and friends issues and problems. Mindfulness
helps you by showing you ways and methods to avoid an immediate reaction
and instead focus on issues and decide what you need to take on and
what you do not. For example, you can still be there for your fitness
without allowing your friends’ issues to become your issues and cause
more stress.

Mindfulness is a Routine

In addition to viewing mindfulness as a way to handle events and aspects
of your daily life in order to be happier and less burdened, you should also
remember that mindfulness is not a one-time event. Mindfulness is not a
quick fix and it is not a Bandaid for your issues. Mindfulness is a routine
that you incorporate into your life. By doing mindfulness techniques each
day, you will find mindfulness becoming a part of you instead of something
you just do.

This is just a very quick overview of mindfulness and what it can mean in
your life. Consider these points along with some research on the benefits
of mindfulness and how you can put it in your daily routine and life.

Look for more on mindfulness in this series exclusively for the Living Healthy List and more on my website.

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