Our routines are getting busier day by day, work files compiled on table, never ending household chores and taking care of children at the same time, that’s a whole lot of multitasking, right? Your day’s plan goes into waste and the usual day turns out to be chaotic and worrisome. You miss out on being in the precious moment that is now while coping up with the stress piled up in your brain. Thoughts keep bustling and make you feel even more restless by the end of the day. There lies the importance of mindfulness for a regular person.
Mindfulness is the profound practice of being focused in the present, no matter what and accepting it without being judgemental. It is a key element in reducing stress hormones in the body and keeping the emotional mechanism of the body more stable. Buddhism has promoted various mindfulness techniques since ancient times and made it popular all over the world. Although, other traditions also include some kind of prayer, thanksgiving or meditation.
Following are the benefits of mindfulness that one can obtain with regular practice:
Absence of rumination:
A habit of rumination is generally considered dangerous for a person’s mental well being. It is the process of the recurrence of certain thoughts which are responsible for sad and depressed moods. Overtime, it may make a person fall into the trap of mental health disorders making him suffer big time. Studies show that practicing mindfulness reduces rumination in a person and develops better working capacity along with increased concentration. The person starts to have a positive approach towards life by avoiding the stressful situations and simply letting them go.
Reduced stress levels:
The mindfulness based cognitive therapy has worked so far in altering the cognitive processes underneath the clinical issues of a person. In simple words, mindfulness reduces stress in the body and heals a person from mental illnesses. It brings positivity by eliminating negative aspects of health such as stress and prolonged anxiety. This makes the person have a clear mind and perspective towards living. The research findings suggest that mindfulness enables a person to become less receptive towards emotions and move to emotion selection, implying that emotions are expressed in a different way in the brain from what they were previously. Isn’t it the need of the hour for getting rid of stressful situations that come and go, every now and then?
Boosts working capacity:
Another benefit of mindfulness is that it turbocharges the person’s working capacity and brings it to maximum, or increased than before. In a research, the results were documented for two groups, one who have practiced mindfulness and the other that didn’t. Both were military groups and had to face a stressful situation at the border. In this study, it was found that the non-meditative group had decreased working capacity while the meditative group had boosted their capacity over time. Therefore, mindfulness can help in so many ways, even in balancing work life with personal life in an organized manner.
Less emotional reactivity:
The term ‘mindfulness’ is used again and again to refer to a state of awareness or practices that promote self-awareness. The other benefit of mindfulness is not reacting but responding to emotions. It is very crucial for keeping emotional stability and peace of mind. Those who have practiced mindfulness meditation for a long period of time, say 30 years could reap this benefit even more. There comes a sense of relaxation in the body, when it becomes less receptive to emotions. The person finds himself at ease and in harmony even if someone yells at him or tries to say hurtful things.
Increased cognitive flexibility:
Along with reduced reactivity, a person gets to develop some sort of cognitive flexibility. They practice self-observation which helps them diengange with the old patterns of prior learning by enabling the present moment theory to be integrated in a new way. They have a more adaptive response to any stressful or negative situation which prevents them from getting negatively provoked. They can secure their mental peace and continue living the life they want without getting affected by the outer world.