Serenity Now: Everything You Need to Know About Mindfulness
Mindfulness is great for physical and mental health—and anyone can benefit from it. Ready to get started?
May 13, 2021
Chances are, you’re either under a lot of stress or know someone who is—and you’re far from alone. According to an article in the Harvard Gazette, 80% of Americans live with daily stress and have difficulty calming their minds.
People who experience mental health challenges often struggle to keep their minds from wandering. Often, having strong emotions can cause one’s attention to focus on negative thoughts. When combined with daily stressors, all of this can seem unmanageable at best.
Mindfulness, which involves opening awareness and being present, is a great way to promote both physical and mental health. Regularly practicing mindfulness can ease stress and create a sense of calm.
With practice, mindful folks can stay aware of their experiences, label their emotions, make healthier choices, and not get stuck in negative thinking patterns. Like with muscles, our brain needs to be trained so we can be more mindful—and we’re here to help.
Keep Reading to Learn
- What mindfulness is—and what it isn’t
- The benefits of mindfulness for our mental health
- How to start incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives
Mindfulness is intentionally giving your full attention to the current moment without judgment. Quite simply, this means that you’re engaging in the task at hand with your full attention.
For example, if you are going to eat, eat—and don’t do anything else. No emails, no television, no screen time—just eat. This active state of paying attention lets you observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment and also gives your full attention to what you’re doing in that moment: In this example, it’s nourishing your body.
When you are “in the moment,” you can calmly observe what is happening within and around you without feeling overwhelmed. In this state, you can act without overreacting and make decisions that align with your core values.
Everyone can tap into their ability to be mindful. Like any skill, it is easier when you practice every day. Most people get into the habit of allowing their minds to wander, so it requires effort to bring awareness back to what they are experiencing in the moment and tune into their emotions and thoughts.