Why Mindfulness Is Surprisingly Important To Your Health & Wellness

The more you understand how your thoughts affect your well-being the easier it is to receive the myriad of benefits of this age-old practice

Living in such a hyper-connected, overly stimulated society we tend to lose ourselves. It should come as no surprise that living in this detached state, you may routinely suffer physically and mentally from this maddening pace of life.

Beyond the buzz of it being an answer to stress relief or an alternative to anti-anxiety drugs, here’s why mindfulness is surprisingly important to your health and wellness.

The impact you suffer from the onslaught of life’s constant afflictions can take its toll. Because your body is a direct reflection of what’s going on in your mind; you must be ready and willing to change your mindset. By learning how to use mindfulness to improve physical health you are forging a path toward your overall well-being.

  • A mindfulness practice trains you to be more sensitive to the needs of your physical body. Chronic stress can have a ripple effect, translating emotional strain into physical pain. Studies reveal that practicing mindfulness heightens body awareness and has stress-busting benefits to your physical health.
  • Jon Kabat-Zinn is the creator of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine. His Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program that incorporates mindfulness to assist people with pain, illness, and anxiety. Researchers speculate that those who practice meditation develop the ability to exert greater control over unpleasant feelings, including pain, by turning them down as if using a “volume knob” in the brain.
  • Practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques during the day can help improve sleep quality at night. A University of Utah study shows that higher mindful people described less cognitive and physiological activation before bedtime, suggesting that greater emotional stability during the day might translate into better sleep.

Mindfulness has a clever way of circumventing the mental patterns that cause anguish and suffering; healing from the inside out. It will help to quiet your mind long enough to stop the freight train of negative thoughts, judgements, and what if’s. The following are some of the best reasons why you should routinely practice mindfulness.

 

  • From keeping your brain sharp and developing critical thinking skills, to deepening your attention span and focus, mindfulness keeps your neurons firing. As well, it is known to foster creativity, learning, and decision making skills.
  • Promoting compassion and connection to yourself and others, studies show that mindfulness can help foster positive emotions, providing resilience against negative experiences. Compassion and understanding are important skills and are advantageous in both your personal and professional life. There is evidence that the practice of mindfulness promotes empathy; making us more likely to help those in need.
  • Fostering a healthy body image and self-confidence has its roots in the mind, not in the mirror. Studies reveal that participants who reported approaching experiences non-judgmentally and being present in the moment—two key aspects of being mindful—had a healthier relationship with food, their bodies, and themselves.

A growing number of people could use help developing fortitude and inner strength. Because life’s daily pressures are inevitable, it is essential to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine. And while you can’t be mindful all the time, it’s important to be aware of the effect to your body that your thoughts and feelings have.

By taking control of your thinking you won’t get stuck in the same old mental ruts; this is one of the best reasons why mindfulness is surprisingly important to your health and wellness.

I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582

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