Life gets busy. In fact, life gets wild. Between work, hobbies, friends, family, household chores, bills to pay, groceries to buy – our minds move at a million miles a minute to keep up with it all. According to Cornell University, we make 226.7 decisions a day simply on food alone. The incessant whirl of our thoughts can become a constant white noise – one we block out in order to simply move forward through the day without getting overwhelmed and crashing.
Such a burnout experienced by so many has become a societal problem. Luckily, there are simple steps we can take to combat this: stop, breathe, and meditate.
Mindfulness, as defined by a study in Perspectives on Psychological Science, is “the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment.” Andy Puddicombe, a mindfulness expert, says “Familiarity with mindfulness and your ability to step back and observe the thoughts and emotions a little more clearly will be critical in turning a ‘reaction’ into a ‘response’. This is exactly what you are training your mind to do when you sit and meditate.”
Mindfulness teaches us to find peace with our thoughts so we can soak up every moment of the human experience in real time, rather than moving through our days like zombies. The benefits of mindfulness are abundant, and we’ve chosen a few to highlight why you should consider incorporating it into your wellness routine.
1. Mindfulness helps you connect back to your true self.
Busy schedules and high-stress levels mean we often become disconnected with ourselves. We can become blind to how we’re feeling emotionally and physically, but mindfulness draws attention back onto ourselves. It teaches us to experience life in the moment and develops gratitude for all that is around us. Living in the moment also means that worries about the past for future can soften, and there is more room to make a deeper connection with ourselves and what brings us joy.
2. Mindfulness lowers stress levels.
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of mindfulness is that it lowers stress levels and gives us tools to cope with stress more efficiently and effectively. This gives us a greater capacity to handle the unexpected challenges that life can throw our way. In fact, a University of Oregon study found that meditation and mindfulness can actually reshape the way our brain works to help better improve mental health. Similarly, research from the Massachusetts General Hospital shows that mindfulness helps improve memory, empathy, and reduce stress.
3. It helps you sleep better.
In the same way that an unhealthy diet can affect our bodies, poor sleep can affect our mental and emotional health. Lucky, one of the benefits of mindfulness is a better quality of sleep. Studies have shown that when people suffering from insomnia participated in mindfulness programs, their overall time asleep increased noticeably.
With such pronounced benefits, it’s no wonder we prioritize mindfulness training at Primrose Healing and Wellness. Are you interested in incorporating mindfulness into your wellness routine? Get in touch here for a free 15-minute consultation with any and all of our staff members!