What is Mindfulness?

by James Granger on February 10, 2023

Mindfulness is the practice of being present and fully engaged in the current moment, it can be done through various techniques, such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing exercises, cooking and enjoying a tea/coffee whilst lighting a candle. A lot of the time we are thinking of something else than the activity we're doing, which means we are not being present. 

One of the key benefits of mindfulness is that it can help reduce stress and anxiety. When we are caught up in our thoughts and worries, we are often in a state of "fight or flight" – our bodies are releasing stress hormones and we are in a heightened state of alertness. Mindfulness allows us to step back and observe our thoughts and feelings, rather than getting caught up in them. This can help us feel more relaxed and at ease.

Mindfulness can also improve our emotional regulation, allowing us to better manage our feelings. When we are mindful, we are more aware of our emotions as they arise, and we are better able to respond to them in a healthy way. We can learn to acknowledge and accept our emotions, rather than pushing them away or getting overwhelmed by them.

In addition to reducing stress and anxiety, mindfulness has been shown to have a number of other benefits, including:

  • Improved focus and concentration
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Improved physical health, such as lower blood pressure and reduced chronic pain
  • Improved cognitive function

To start incorporating mindfulness into your daily life, try setting aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness exercises. This can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths, or you can try more formal mindfulness practices such as meditation or yoga. Another tip is to try to be more present and mindful in your daily activities, such as taking a walk or washing the dishes.

It's also important to remember that mindfulness is a practice, and it takes time and patience to develop. Be kind and patient with yourself as you explore and grow in your mindfulness practice. Start by finding something you like doing and block everything out whilst doing the thing you like.