Mindfulness has become a commonly discussed topic today; not that it didn’t exist earlier.
In a technology-driven age, life and relationships have become complicated; stress levels are shooting up leading to anxiety, depression and other related disorders. In this context, it becomes more relevant to understand what mindfulness is all about.
To put it in simple words, mindfulness is a state wherein you are attentive to your present; you observe your thoughts and feelings without categorising them as good or bad.
The idea traces its roots in Buddhism and it has been made popular in the West by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre.
Mindfulness is important because:
- It improves overall well-being and helps you lead a satisfied life
- It helps you enjoy the pleasures of life as they occur and trains you to deal with an adverse situation
- It prevents you from regretting your past or worry about the future
- It helps prevents stress and keeps you healthy
- It prevents mental health by reducing depression, conflicts between spouses and anxiety disorders
Mindfulness can therefore solve almost all our problems that we regularly combat against.
It does not require doing anything intense, but taking care and being aware of simple things that we do.
Maybe meditate for a couple of minutes in the morning to start the day is easier for beginners.
Well, it may be true that we cannot avoid stress, but we can battle stress through mindfulness to let some fresh air in. What could we do?
Here are 7 surefire ways to reduce stress in your daily life
- Take a walk, because most of us lead a sedentary lifestyle
- Go out and have lunch with your co-workers rather than eating at your desk. It will certainly refresh your mind and then you start work
- If possible, try reducing multi-tasking or go slow on it
- Try to limit the usage of phones at certain times in the day
- Play, swim, read and listen to some music, if not every day, at least three times in week depending on what suits you
- Take a vacation and this is a must. It will not just reduce your stress levels but increase your productivity
- Accept things as they are and be open to experiences
Developing an observing mind, therefore, is the first step to blow away anxiety and stress that otherwise rule your life.