Have you ever caught yourself getting worked up or upset either with yourself or someone else and then realise that the thoughts and emotions culminating in your mind was being caused only by yourself?
If you’re constantly worried, stressed and anxious about events that you tend to lose sleep over, it’s time you developed a sense of mindfulness.
Understand that the untamed mind affects your physical and mental health
We give ourselves undue stress by self-creating problems in our mind. We often tend to misunderstand and misinterpret what is being said and blow thing that are not in our control out of proportion. By becoming aware of how our mind works when we put it through turmoil, we’re able to reduce the amount of anxiety we put ourselves through tremendously.
Become aware of the thoughts that are arising in your mind
Raising awareness of the how the thoughts that you are thinking came into being, without letting your emotions get mixed into the content of the thought helps you analyse where and why this thought emerged. Take note of the triggers that were involved, without judging or criticising. When you develop mindfulness of the thought or the thought process, you will find it easier to detach from unwarranted thoughts.
Don’t try and prevent your thoughts, let them pass instead
Allow your thoughts to come and go. Trying to restrict them will only cause more bother. It’s more about the thoughts that emerge within our mind than what appears to come from outside. When you let your thoughts pass, come in and go out without trying to force them out, you will inevitably learn that they don’t stay for too long. Over time you will become calmer and more at peace with yourself.
Engaging in ‘mindful thinking’ and ‘mindful eating’ could be the key to lowering stress
A study, published in the journal The Lancet Public Health, revealed that college students who practised mindfulness showed lower distress scores, suggesting that mindfulness helps build resilience against stress. On the other hand, students who received the standard support became increasingly stressed as the academic year progressed.
Keep the practice of mindfulness simple
All you need is to consistently practice a few minutes of mindfulness everyday to reap its benefits. Meditation is not the only way to cultivate mindfulness. It a process, something you consciously need to implement throughout the day while going about performing your daily tasks. If you do wish to ‘meditate’, focus on deep breathing for a few minutes consistently everyday allowing your thoughts and feelings to surface and then returning to noticing your breath.
Mindfulness training, appears to be growing in popularity, is feasible and acceptable, as it doesn’t carry any stigma around it. It can also be more effective than other preventive interventions.
News credit : Indiatimes