At some point in your life, you've probably heard that leading a healthy, happy life requires being mindful. However, you might be wondering why this is the case. Mindfulness has the power to alter a wide range of aspects of your life.
You run the risk of developing mental health issues if you spend your entire life rushing around and fretting about everything that could possibly happen in your life right now and in the future. Stress, which has many negative effects on your mental health, arises when you aren't aware of how you're feeling. It's crucial to pay attention to your surroundings, how you feel, and how you act if you want to take care of your mental health and reduce your stress levels. You'll feel more at ease mentally, and you will be mentally sharper if you do this.
In addition to safeguarding your mental health, practicing mindfulness fosters creativity. This can be crucial when you are trying to overcome obstacles in your life because creativity is a key component of problem-solving. Multiple studies have found that practicing mindfulness can enhance memory and brain function, which can make navigating life's ups and downs easier. And people who were more mindful in their daily lives tended not to later experience memory loss problems in the same ways as people who weren't.
Mindfulness has many physical advantages for your body in addition to its mental advantages. It works to boost immune response so you can stay healthy and recover more quickly from illnesses when they do occur. One study even found that being more mindful increased the body's enzyme activity, which slowed down the aging process (Accelerated telomere shortening in response to life stress, Epel et al. ). Therefore, living a longer, healthier life is proven to include mindfulness.
There are many practices that grow mindfulness, including practices that engage our bodies like Yoga or Tai-Chi. The most commonly known and practiced are centering prayer and meditation. They work the same way: you sit comfortably, clear your mind, and focus on your breathing. You can use prompts to guide your practice, but in essence, it's this simple. The spiritual benefits of mindfulness include staying grounded during chaotic times, feeling gratitude, and many others. Mindfulness, like gratitude, focuses our thoughts and energy on what we have and what is right in front of us, and away from what we do not have, or what's not as relevant in the moment.
No matter how you look at it, having a happy and healthy life requires mindfulness. Your mental health, creativity, physical health, and spiritual life are all improved by mindfulness. So, it's time to start being more mindful today if you want to live your best life. It can be difficult to get started, if you want some direction, reach out and I can help. If you would like some guided meditations to get started, you can find some here.
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I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to support those who work to grow themselves. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I create a safe space for people, especially those who have been marginalized, where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit, and to experience the difference that makes in life.
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