How will I know Mindfulness is working for me?
If you embark on learning any new skill you’ll know you have to allow time to get to a point where you can assess how well you are doing. With Mindfulness, indicators of success may be quite subtle to begin with. Maybe you notice your irritation levels reduce, maybe you sleep longer at night, maybe you find you’re not worrying quite so much about what might happen or what did happen. Mindfulness doesn’t seek to change you, just make you more aware by teaching you to notice more about what’s going on ‘right now’.
How does Mindfulness improve wellbeing?
Learning to be more mindful in day to day life makes it easier to enjoy the small pleasures in life rather than waiting for the bigger moments that may not arrive. Through learning to focus more on the present moment more it reduces tendencies to get caught up in worries about the future or what went on in the past. It is also possible to beome less preoccupied with concerns about how you are seen by others and can help build self esteem and confidence.
How Mindfulness improves physical health.
Scientists have discovered that practicing Mindfulness on a regular basis can help improve physical health in a number of ways. Reduction in anxiety and stress levels, lowering blood pressure, improving sleep, combatting type 2 diabetes and heart disease, reducing chronic pain and gut issues are just some of the proven wellbeing benefits Mindfulness can deliver.
How does Mindfulness benefit Mental Health?
Mindfulness practice is considered by many as a valuable practice for health of the mind as brushing of teeth is for health of the body.
Mindfulness meditation is used as an important element in the treatment of a range of mental health related issues including anxiety, mild to moderate depression, drug abuse, eating disorders and body image related issues.
What's needed to be successful at Mindfulness?
To experience wellbeing benefits through practicing Mindfulness requires cultivation of intention to engage with regular pratice. “…as if your life depended on it” (Jon Kabat-Zinn).
It is also recomended that you work with a qualified teacher/guide to walk along with you on your mindfulness journey, guiding you on the right path that will keep you safe and within your ‘window of tolerance’.
How long should I practice Mindfulness each day?
Wellbeing benefits from mindfulness meditation is directly linked to the regularity of practice. Regular short practices are a better model to establish initially, rather than a longer practice just every now and then or just when you think you need it.
Cultivating regular Meditation practice in your life, so that it becomes a habit you’d miss if you didn’t do it, is the route to cultivate to maximise benefit.
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