What is mindfulness?
According to the Oxford dictionary, mindfulness is defined as, “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”
In short, it helps you learn how to be aware of and focus on the present moment.
How does mindfulness improve mental + emotional health?
Many of our emotional challenges stem from our internal thoughts about a situation, others, or ourselves. Mindfulness practices, like meditation, when practiced consistently over time, teaches your brain how to control your thoughts.
When feeling anxious, worried, fearful, overwhelmed— you are living in the future. When feeling ashamed, guilty, grieving, substance use or trauma triggers present— you are living in the past.
Mindfulness practices teach you how to redirect your mind to the present moment and creates a space for you to find gratitude for that present moment.
Mindfulness techniques, like yoga and meditation, are evidence-based therapeutic interventions that are proven to boost physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness when practiced regularly.
- Learn how to be present by focusing on your mind-body connection.
- Learn how to set your intention for the day, and practice redirecting your thoughts back to that intention to help you stay grounded throughout your day.
- Learn how to connect within; recognize thought patterns or unresolved issues.
- Learn how to practice relaxation techniques to aid in stress-reduction.
Examples of Mindfulness Practices
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