Have you been feeling stressed out lately? Learn how mindfulness can help you reduce stress in your life, and help you feel better. You can’t predict the future. So, why sit around stressing yourself out trying to predict it?
Reducing stress is good for your health.
Not only can’t you predict the future, I find people predict the worst possible outcome. This will create stress and anxiety that is unnecessary. I’m not going to say stop worrying, but I am going to say stay in the present.
Studies have found that stress in the number one killer these days. It has been found to be the cause of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Just to name a few. It is also the cause of many mental disorders.
If you don’t do something to reduce the stress in your life it will begin to show up in disease in the body. This is something that nobody wants. Studies have found that ten minutes of mindfulness meditation will help reduce stress.
Here are 5 ways mindfulness helps in reducing stress:
- Mindfulness helps bring inner peace. When you practice mindfulness you are more relaxed. You will not be so hard on yourself or others. When you feel criticized your first response won’t be to defend yourself. Instead, you will learn to take responsibility. This can help change your mind set. I have practiced mindfulness for many years. Over the years I have seen a huge change in my mind set. I no longer feel defensive and it has helped to get through difficult times in my life, that I never could of predicted.
- Mindfulness makes it alright to do nothing. You don’t always have to be doing something. When was the last time you sat in your backyard and did absolutely nothing? You don’t need to feel guilty when you do nothing, either. Mindfulness is the art of doing nothing. All you have to do is breathe.
- Mindfulness can help keep you focused. Everybody wants to be productive these days. There are many things going on in the office. You may sit in a cube where you can hear everyone around you. The guy next to you has an argument with his wife on the phone. You didn’t want to hear every last detail of it, but you did. You have your computer and you sit under fluorescent light. All of this takes away from your focus. When you practice mindfulness it slows down your heart rate. This will allow you to focus more easily, and will make your more productive in the long run.
- Mindfulness quiets the mind. It will help you stop overthinking. What fuels anxiety is anxious thoughts. You are worried about the future or you can’t let go of the past. All this does is keep you stuck. Stay in the present. When you no longer spend your time worrying, you will stop overthinking.
- Mindfulness helps reduce anxiety and depression. Studies have shown mindfulness helps manage anxiety and depression. Neither of these disorders come with a simple fix. You need to do more than just take a pill. Add mindfulness to your lifestyle. This will help you feel better about yourself. While you are at it, add a positive affirmation to your mindfulness practice. One of my favorites is, ‘I am enough.’
It’s natural to feel stressed out in your life. But, you should not always feel that way. For example, you will feel stress and anxiety when you are studying for an exam, but when the exam is over you should feel better.
If you don’t, then it may be time to seek help from a professional. A mindfulness practice will also help. It’s important to allow your mind to relax and do nothing. This is good for your mental health.
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Lianne Avila is a Marriage & Family Therapist helping people in San Mateo, CA who are looking to create a life that is happier and more fulfilling. Please subscribe to Lianne’s newsletter on www.LessonsforLove.com to learn more about her services and expertise.