How mindfulness can help you
There is a lot of recent evidence that mindfulness can help you to remain calm. It helps sustain your attention, and focus more on study and everyday tasks. It is also an effective way of combating stress and anxiety.
Being more mindful helps you to be aware of what’s going around you, your body, your mind and yourself. It may sound strange, but it can help you enjoy the little moments in life.
What you can do
You can practice mindfulness through meditation and simple breathing exercises. The primary goal of mindful breathing is creating calm, non-judgemental awareness. Allow thoughts and feelings to come and go without getting caught up in them.
Give these simple steps a try and get started right away:
Sit comfortably with your eyes closed and your spine straight.
Bring your attention to your breathing. Every time you breathe, notice the sensations as your abdomen rises with the in-breath and falls with the out-breath.
Thoughts will come into your mind, and that’s okay because that’s what the human mind does. You don’t have to follow those thoughts or feelings. Don’t judge yourself for having them or analyse them in any way. It’s okay for the thoughts to be there. Simply notice these thoughts, then bring your attention back to your breathing.
- Likewise, you can notice sounds, physical feelings, and emotions. Again, bring your attention back to your breathing.
- Set a time that you want to try for 2min, 5min, or 20min. The trick to forming healthy habits is to practice regularly.