Mindfulness and Improved Mental Health
Are mindfulness and mental health related? Can basic mindfulness exercises help improve your mental health? The answer to both of these questions is a resounding ‘yes’.
Where’s your head at?
What’s going on in that head of yours? Until you know, you may be experiencing problems maintaining a positive mindset. It is very difficult for you to fix a problem you cannot see. This is where mindfulness comes in because mindfulness and mental health are intimately connected.
Your mind constantly experiences an unending river of thoughts. It is busy in there right now. It may be telling you you’re tired of a particular course, or studying altogether, or even that you are a victim of circumstance and there are bigger things working against you.
It may be running through that never ending list of all the things you need to be doing, and it’s growing day by day, causing anxiety to grow with it. It may be saying all the wrong things, yet you may hear only some of it, or none of it at all. You may feel an uneasy or unidentifiable feeling build as your day goes on. All you know is, you don’t enjoy it, and it’s distracting you from what you really need to be doing.
When you first learn how to do basic mindfulness exercises, you may be amazed. You may find that whole conversations were going on just below your consciousness. Not only is it interesting to see, but the most amazing part is that you can potentially end feelings of worry or anxiety. All you had to do was stop and watch your mind until you found the cause.
It can be that simple, and often is. For example, if you forgot to write down an appointment and it bothers you for hours, as soon as you notice your concern, write it down and forgot about it. The relief will wash over you. Or maybe you have an argument playing on repeat subconsciously in your mind and it’s stressing you out. Sometimes just bringing it to consciousness and acknowledging it will allow you to dismiss it or maybe even laugh about it.
“You can develop mindfulness during regular activities such as when walking, driving or even brushing your teeth. The key is to try and focus only on the present moment and not pay too much attention to your thoughts about the past or the future.” – Reachout.com
The most basic mindfulness exercise is to sit quietly and start paying attention to everything going on in your body and mind. Of course, this can be difficult if you’ve never done it. We’re not providing you with a how-to today, this is more to support the idea of mindfulness being a beneficial skill for you to learn. There is a direct correlation between mindfulness and mental health, so you’ve got nothing to lose, except for your worries.
“When you concentrate on what’s happening around you, you’re less likely to get caught up in your thoughts. Ask yourself whether you feel hot or cold. What does the air feel like on your face? What sounds can you hear? What can you smell?” – Reachout.com
Short term actions, long term results
Short-term happiness and positive thoughts can have a huge impact over long-term mental health. Resolving negative thoughts and stress in the present allows for a peaceful and happier future. There will always be ups and downs, and it is our ability to navigate both the stormy seas and calm oceans by observing them instead of reacting in huge ways that will ultimately lead to a harmonious balance of the mind. Breathe and observe.
We hope you enjoy your mindfulness journey…
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