Mindfulness is a simple practice that allows you to be in the moment without judgement. Research shows that the ability to engage in this prime intention has many physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits.
What Mindfulness Can Do For You
There are many ways practicing mindfulness can improve your life. Here are just a few:
- Practicing mindfulness improves self-esteemand increases body image.
- Mindfulness boosts immune function, meaning you’re less likely to get sick.
- You’ll become a better student! Your memory will improve, your attention spanwill get bigger, and helps you better ignore distractions.
- Practicing mindfulness can help improve sleep quality, especially for people that work stressful jobs.
- It will also make your relationships stronger with “improved levels of relationship happiness, relationship stress, stress coping efficacy, and overall stress.”
Developing a mindful practice will not only will help you make better decisions, but it also allows you to keep situations in perspective and stress in check. When we take time for ourselves we are bringing our best selves to others.
Follow these 5 easy steps to begin a daily practice.
When first beginning your meditation journey it is important to start small. Begin with a short practice of 5 minutes or less, gradually building over time. Consistency is key, make sure you set aside time everyday. You can choose to meditate first thing in the morning, at lunch or right before you go to bed.
- Find a space and time where you won’t be disturbed. You can even set a timer to keep you on track.
- Get comfortable, choose a seated posture or lie down.
- Close your eyes or lower your gaze and bring your awareness to your breath. Take long even inhales and exhales. 6 counts in, 6 counts out.
- If your mind starts to wonder just bring it back to the breath without any judgement.
- Make your own mantra. Say kind words to yourself repeatedly.
Like anything, developing a practice takes time. The latest research has found that on average you need 66 days for something to become a part of your routine. Be patient with yourself and work towards making meditation a daily habit. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Do you have a daily practice? Share your tips below.