Want to lessen your anxiety?
A press release from the Association of Psychological Science (APS) on March 14 confirms that mindfulness can help individuals be more aware of their “self-knowledge.” A scientist from Washington University in St. Louis found mindfulness used in a non-judgmental way reduced barriers that prevented individuals from understanding their inner self.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a technique of being consciously attentive and aware of one's own behaviors, actions and surroundings. This is paying complete attention to your own thoughts and feelings concurrently with the awareness of sights and sounds around you (click here to watch a video explaining mindfulness).
Being non-judgmental refers to not allowing a self-bias attitude towards your personal thoughts/behaviors. It is the act of accepting yourself as you are in your most vulnerable, genuine state (consciously attentive). This includes identifying your anxiety.
The origins of practicing mindfulness is credited to the Buddhism religion.
Why is mindfulness so important?
Empirical studies have shown practicing mindfulness [meditation] can promote the following:
- Increases a positive mental health state
- Reduces a focus on distress
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves working memory
- Decreases emotional reactivity
- Increases ability to express oneself
- Increases relationship satisfaction
Chances are you already practiced mindfulness without realizing it. Take a deep breath, relax, clear your mind and listen to your inner and outer environment. Be consciously attentive to everything within you and around you.
It's that easy!
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