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Benefits of Practising Mindfulness in Everyday Life

"Do not dwell in the past; do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Buddha
Jyoti Babel Jan 8, 2020

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Modern lifestyle has made our lives very fast-paced. The hours in a day are finite and the list of to-dos long. So we often find ourselves multitasking and rushing through things to tick them off the list.

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Point is more often than not, we are living mindlessly. We are doing things, but we are never in the moment. That’s why the need to intentionally practice mindfulness in everyday life today is greater than ever before.

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What is Mindfulness?

The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally.

-Jon Kabbat Zinn

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In simple words, mindfulness means to be in the moment – not in the past or in the future, to be aware of our thoughts, feelings, and surroundings and accepting them as they are without judgment. It is about experiencing life fully – moment by moment.

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Why Practice Mindfulness?

Consistent practicing mindfulness helps in cultivating universal human qualities. It brings awareness and caring into everything we do. Anyone can do it and benefit from it.

There are research-backed evidence that dwells on the positive effects of mindfulness on our health, work, and relationships.

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Improves General Well Being

Mindfulness leads us to live a more satisfying life. It helps us to be present and to be fully engaged in whatever we are doing. It makes us savour little moments in our life as they happen. Mindfulness makes way for better sleep which is very important for our general wellbeing.

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Helps Deal with Stress

Most of the stress in our lives comes from worrying about the future or regretting over the past. Since mindfulness helps us to be in the moment and focus on here and now, it helps us deal with stress more effectively. When we are mindful we can deal with any adverse events in our lives with clarity.

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Great for Physical Health

Research shows that mindfulness practices help in treating heart diseases, reducing chronic illness, lowering blood pressure and dealing with gastrointestinal illness.

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Helps fight Depression

Mindfulness helps people to accept their experiences – especially the painful ones – rather than running away from them and treating them with guilt and apathy. This is really important to combat depression.

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Improves Concentration

When you are mindful, you learn to concentrate on the thing you are doing. Improved concentration leads to better efficiency and greater problem-solving skills.

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As we deal with our world’s increasing complexity and uncertainty, mindfulness can lead us to effective, resilient, out of the box responses to seemingly difficult problems.

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To practice mindfulness, you do not have to sit in some obscure position and try emptying your minds of thoughts. Mindfulness is a way of life and to make the most of it, you need to weave it into your everyday life.

There are many guided mindfulness meditations online, which you can try but before that begin with these simple, easy-to-do techniques.

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Eat Mindfully

Instead of having lunch on the go, sit down and practice mindfulness while eating. Do away with all sorts of distractions and focus on what is on your plate. Chew your food, sip slowly, feel it and enjoy the flavours.

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Quiet Time

When you are alone all by yourself, ditch the phone and just focus on your breath – feel it as you inhale and exhale and be with your breath for a while.

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While Walking/Running

Go for a walk/run without music on the go. Feel the wind against your face, feel your heartbeat and pulse. Notice your surroundings and notice your thoughts. Let them come and go – without judgment.

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Now that you know the immense benefits of mindfulness, and how to practice it in your everyday life, try incorporating them in your life for a happy mindful living.

"Mindfulness isn't difficult. We just need to remember to do it."

- Sharon Salzberg