My last article presented you with some of the most important benefits of mindfulness. Today I will continue the topic. Learn why you need to be mindful.
The Benefits Of Mindfulness Continued
So far you have learnt the following benefits of mindfulness:
- it improves general well-being
- it improves physical well-being by pain relief, slowing down degenerative diseases,
- increases the ability to deal with and recover from illness
Emotional Wellbeing Benefits Of Mindfulness
There are many benefits of mindfulness concerning your emotional life. Some concern relationships while others your mood.
You Are Less Reactive Emotionally
Being less reactive emotionally is typically the biggest of all the reasons that people usually have for learning meditation. You are less inclined to react when someone provokes you or an unexpected things happen in your life. Your negative emotions are less fierce and you are able to handle them easier.
Jon Kabat-Zin proves that mindfulness meditation has allowed study participants to distance their emotions from upsetting pictures. His students focused more on a cognitive task, as compared with a control group. Therefore, if you become angry very often and very easily if you feel resentful, bitter, shameful or guilty – try mindfulness meditation.
Mental Health Benefits Of Mindfulness
Mental health is a big issue in recent years. Recently, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of mental disorders. They include:
- substance abuse,
- eating disorders,
- relationship problems (e.g. conflicts between partners),
- anxiety disorders,
- obsessive-compulsive disorder,
Overthinking and Rumination Reduction
Overthinking, worrying and rumination are the most common symptoms that come along with anxiety. After beginning to worry about something, your brain will hold onto that tightly and make it is difficult to let this mental state go. It is easy to create a vicious circle where you continue to replay each and every bad outcome imaginable. This approach is not beneficial for you as worrying about something does not prevent it from happening.
Better Academic Results
It is commonly known among students that academic success is not all. They also want to be happy and physically well. All of these goals are connected. You should also realize the role that social and emotional well-being has in achieving academic success. Being positive motivates you to study more, you are more efficient and achieve better results on tests. Here are some examples of skills you can improve practising mindfulness. They are vital skills that depend on a student’s ability to comprehend and manage their emotions.
- becoming more focused,
- becoming more self-aware,
- become more motivated to keep going when work becomes difficult,
- being able to cope with the frustrations of learning.
- communicating with peers.
Scientists have found that mindfulness especially helps with reducing anxiety. When you practise mindfulness regularly, it enables you to rewire your brain so you can refocus your attention. You can learn to recognize your thoughts for what they are and just let them go. It is a better alternative for following a negative and worrying thought down a path of all possible outcomes.
These days people are faced with an increasing amount of pressure because of the complex nature of our society. Hence they are often plagued with a lot of stress which contributes to a wide variety of other health problems. Mindfulness can reduce stress by shifting people’s focus from the stressful agent to the present moment. It acts as a preventative measure and helps people get through difficult times.
Memory, Concentration and Performance Improvement
Paying attention and concentrating on the task at hand is one of the most important cognitive abilities people have. Mindfulness is one of the very few tools that work as an antidote for mind-wandering and similar negative effects that losing concentration may have on you. In fact, scientists doing research on students have shown that there is a connection between mindfulness and paying attention both in and out of the classroom.
Social Benefits Of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is undoubtfully one of the most efficient tools of social skills improvement. It also helps to fix some relationship problems, connected with communication or sex life.
Feeling Less Lonely
Being lonely is more than living in a silent house or having a lack of companionship. As time goes by, loneliness can take a toll on the psyche and have a serious impact on your physical health as well.
Having frequent feelings of loneliness, you are at higher risk of many diseases. The most common include:
- cardiovascular disease,
- Alzheimer’s disease,
- anxiety, depression.
Loneliness also shortens lifespan which means that important treatments for those living in isolation have to be developed.
Happier Relationships And Sex Life
Although it is still not defined fully how it works, emerging brain studies have shown one important correlation: people who engage in mindfulness on a regular basis are more compassionate, emphatic and kind, because of structural and functional changes in the brain regions linked to these emotions.
Mindfulness has positive effects on the amygdala, i.e. the brain’s emotional processing centre. This practice reduces both the volume of the amygdala and its connection to the prefrontal cortex, which may suggest that mindfulness supports one important tool for creating and maintaining a relationship: emotion regulation.
In a Nutshell
Today you have learnt more benefits of mindfulness. They include: being less reactive emotionally, having better academic results, reduced stress, a decrease of anxiety, overthinking and rumination, better relationships and sex life.