Why You Need to Practice Mindfulness and How to Integrate it into Your Routine

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I first became interested in the concept of mindfulness when it was brought up in yoga class. I kept hearing about it on podcasts and coming across it in articles. It piqued my interest. Turns out I was already using some of the techniques, but it wasn’t until I became aware of the variety and benefits that I learned to be intentional in practicing mindfulness.

Mindfulness is like free therapy. It’s something you can access whenever, wherever, however you want. It’s a regular reminder to keep calm.

In the busyness of life, it’s hard to take some time to be still.

To be calm.

To be quiet.

And just be.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D., co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living, says, “We’ve got to allow ourselves to simplify sometimes. Mindfulness allows us to be intentionally present, unplug and come into the richness of what’s in front of us.”

Researchers at Mindful Magazine found that “When we’re mindful, we reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind, and increase our attention to others’ well-being. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you’re being mindful. And there’s growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain.”

A Harvard Health article found that Mindfulness improves your:

  • Well-being
    • Being able to enjoy the present moment
    • Ability to be fully engaged
    • Creates a greater capacity to deal with difficult situations
    • Helps you get less caught up in worries or regret
    • Ability to form deep connections to others
  • Physical health issues
    • Helps relieve stress
    • Helps treat heart disease
    • Lowers blood pressure
    • Reduces chronic pain
    • Improves sleep
    • Aids in digestive issues
  • Mental health issues
    • Helps with depression, substance abuse, eating disorders
    • Helps with couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and OCD

HOW CAN I PRACTICE MINDFULNESS?

Now that you know the benefits of mindfulness, it’s time to put it into practice! My favorite ways are yoga, meditation, playing with my kids, reading, journaling and listening to music. Download the image and try out a few this week that sound fun to you:

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

For further exploration on mindfulness, check out these resources:

Present Not Perfect
Magnolia Journal
Mindful Magazine
Breathe Magazine
Mantra Wellness Magazine
The Mindfulness Journal

BEFORE YOU GO…

In order to practice mindfulness, you have to understand how and when to slow down. Read about this in Slowing Down to Play  and A Basic Guide to Meditation.

Also check out 4 Ways to Start Journaling and 16 Reasons to Get Outside.

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NOW I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

What did you learn in this post? In what ways are you already being mindful? How can you practice mindfulness this week? COMMENT BELOW!

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