We live in a time where our mind is constantly on the go, whether you’re forward-planning to the weekend, scheduling meetings for the month ahead at work or simply trying to organize your family Christmas during the middle of Summer – it can be hard to live in the present moment.
If you often find yourself feeling stressed, overwhelmed and forgetful, then mindfulness could benefit you. Mindfulness helps you to solely focus your attention on the present moment, helping you to feel more relaxed, productive and happy. Our top mindfulness techniques will have you well on your way to living in the here and now and leading a happier, more fulfilled life.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation, it’s the practice of living in the present moment, helping you to appreciate your surroundings, thoughts and feelings, allowing you to live a happier, more fulfilled life. The busier we are, the more we forget to appreciate the little things in life, leading us to take things for granted and constantly in search of fulfillment.
It’s easy to slip into a destructive thought pattern, believing that if you just saved a little more money, found a partner, or lost a few pounds, then you’d finally be able to find happiness. But many people forget that happiness begins and ends with you – it doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have, but simply by what you think.
Mindfulness can also teach us to be more aware of our own destructive thought patterns and learn how to control our thought processes before they control us, helping to diminish feelings of intense stress or anxiety.
One of the biggest causes of anxious thoughts is the question, ‘what if?’ Instead of always pre-empting an outcome, usually negative, try to focus your mind on the present moment and accept whatever arises in the future. This isn’t to say you should act or speak without thinking, but you should act or speak without overthinking.
Focus Your Attention
One of the easiest mindfulness techniques is to simply focus all of your attention on one particular thing in the present moment. The most beneficial technique is to focus on your breathing by simply observing it. When you breathe in, be aware that this is your ‘in’ breath and similarly, when you breathe out, be aware that this is your ‘out’ breath.
When you solely focus your mind on one thing in the present moment, you will diminish any other thoughts of stress and anxiety as you’re not thinking of the past or future, you’re simply concentrating on the present.
Concentrate Your Mind
Another mindfulness technique is to not only focus your attention on something, but fully concentrate on it from start to finish. For example, when focusing your attention on your breath, you should concentrate on each stage of breathing in and out to keep your awareness on your mind and your body.
There are many different varieties of meditation, but mindfulness meditation concentrates on observing your bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings and surroundings while focusing on your breath. [ The idea of mindfulness meditation is to acknowledge any thoughts, feelings or sensations that come your way during your meditation practice and to simply observe it, instead of dwelling on that particular sensation.
For example, if you hear a pneumatic drill outside your window while you are meditating, instead of letting it annoy and distract you, simply observe the sound and don’t allow your body to react to the experience by tensing or becoming irritated.
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