Mindfulness is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety plus increase focus - particularly relevant with all that is going on around the world right now. But what is it and how does it work?
How Does Mindfulness Work?
Here’s what you need to know about mindfulness. It enables us to distance ourselves from our thoughts and feelings without labeling them as good or bad. A mindful person is reflective rather than reactive. They focus on the present moment. By focusing our attention on the present moment, mindfulness counteracts rumination and worrying.
Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively, unaware of what emotions or motives may be driving that decision. By teaching awareness for one's physical and mental state in the moment, mindfulness allows for more adaptive reactions to difficult situations such as with this COVID-19 pandemic.