We are in an era where we just go with the flow. It is important to stop our minds from thinking about our outer world, realise where are we heading? And what is morally or spiritually right? There is a need to look into the self and get answers to unknown questions of life and flush all thoughts from the mind; there is a need to practice mindfulness! For those who do not know, it is a type of meditation that lets you focus on yourself only, seeing and realising what is going on in your inner self and eases the healing process. With multiple spiritual pros, there are innumerable health benefits of mindfulness.
As we all know, meditation helps a lot to boost mental health, reduce stress, fight depression or anxiety. Whereas, these are not the only mental benefits that we get by practising mindfulness. There is a lot more that can be done for mental well-being.
Most people have the mindset that they are too busy making their professional life that they do not have room for emotional thoughts. In reality, it is impractical, emotions are part of our mental wellbeing. Your mind can not work properly, if you are emotionally broken. Consequences could be stress, depression or anxiety. Therefore, to lead an emotionally healthy life, it is imperative to practice mindfulness.
According to Mayo Clinic, the daily practice of mindfulness improves emotional well-being, develops a better point of view, handles stress, lets you focus on the present and avoid negative thoughts.
One’s thinking ability, judging & understanding capability, and problem-solving skills are all cognitive skills. People put so much in their heads that it becomes difficult for them to absorb which reduces their cognitive ability.
It is physically evident by Britta Hölzel of Harvard Medical School while examining the M.R.I of people before and after mindfulness meditation that it raises the grey matter in the hippocampus that enhance learning ability and sharpen memory.
People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, or behavioural disorders perhaps be benefitted from mindfulness.
Mindfulness has proved to be the determination booster for people with chronic disease or potentially terminal illness to fight with the situation. It increases willpower by reducing stress and enhancing spirituality in one’s mind that helps manage the health condition.
If you or someone is known to you met with an accident or had a chronic disease that has left in post-disease trauma. Practising mindfulness can help to get back into life by reducing stress, fear, anxiety, and feeling of rumination.
Also, it helps increase self-kindness, boosting confidence that further assists in dealing with post-disease trauma.
You must have heard multiple mental health benefits of mindfulness, but it doesn’t only work for mental fitness. It aids physical and general well-being too.
Immune cells exterminate viruses or other disease-causing organisms when they come and try to damage our general well-being or body organs.
Mindfulness positively affects their potential and help to fight minor temperatures as well as serious immune cell diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, etc.
As we all are aware, heart diseases are conventional these days. Every 1 out of 4 people is at heart disease risk. Low or high blood pressure is one of the most common health issues associated with heart problems.
There was a study held in 2013 that examined pre-hypertension people. People were divided into two groups; one was asked to undergo a mindfulness course, and another was instructed to do activities for muscle relaxation.
Those who practised mindfulness had reduced blood pressure that simply states mindfulness evades heart diseases.
Moreover, in 2017, American Heart Association stated that there are adequate evidents to believe that mindfulness works as an effective treatment in the case of coronary diseases.
By saying this, we do not mean the pain is just in your mind. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR) is a program especially made for healing patients via practising mindfulness. It involves yoga poses and meditation sessions that help ease chronic lower back pain.
Since practising mindfulness plays a significant role in one’s mental, physical and general fitness, one should know how to start its practice in reality.
One can start practising by putting small efforts such as,
Spare a few minutes a day listening to your breath, just focus on your breath. Deep breathing could help you do it properly.
You get answers when nobody is speaking, which is called introspection. It is done best while walking in a green park or sitting lonely on a beach and trying to connect with yourself. You can do this often if not regular.
Perhaps your job requires multi-tasking, but it creates clutter in the mind that induces frustration so, it’s better to take a break from multi-tasking sometimes.
If that’s not possible so keep taking frequent breaks to practice meditation. It will help to de-clutter the mind and improve productivity.
If you believe, it is something which can help you to have better health, start making efforts today only. There is no other alternative to self-care. Everyone has to take at least a minimal amount of time for themselves. If you are practising mindfulness in that time, you will feel the changes from the very beginning.
Tell us in the comment section how mindfulness helped you lead a healthy lifestyle.