There isn’t a finite answer as to exactly why mindfulness works. We just know that science is confirming that it is a major factor in happiness in those who practice it. Mindfulness is loosely defined as being aware of the present moment without judgment. That means whatever is occurring at this very moment, don’t approach it with a pre-conceived mindset.
Practicing mindfulness can work wonders for a wandering mind. If you’re one who suffers from a form of ADD or your mind is always either in the past (depression) or future (worry and anxiety), you may want to explore some mindfulness techniques.
I myself suffer from ADD, depression and PTSD as diagnosed by the medical V.A. system, anxiety, and anger management issues. All of these mental ailments are a result of my inability to focus on the present at times. I frequently hold onto experiences that happened in the past. This affects my current psyche and sometimes manifests itself in both a physical and physiological manner.
So How Does Mindfulness Work Exactly?
How mindfulness works is actually so much more simple than you think: tune into what’s going on around you at the very moment. Start with your breathing. I always recommend starting with your breathing and tuning into your body. I can almost bet that if you just stopped and caught your breath just now, it was shallow and up in your chest area. Believe it or not, breathing shallowly in this manner with your chest may contribute to some shoulder and upper-back aches if you suffer from them. Breathing from your chest rather than from your belly may also impede the amount of oxygen getting to your brain, which can contribute to daytime headaches and fatigue.
Breathing Connects You to the Present Moment
When you’re breathing, you’re also literally living the moment. After you’ve tuned into your breath and found a nice steady rhythm from your belly that naturally fits you, start tuning into the rest of your body from the head down. Whatever you’re thinking about, let it go. Three minutes out of a 24-hour day won’t hurt ya, right?
Next, tune into your face muscles. Are you frowning? Maybe a previous negative thought left your brows pulling downward. Unleash that tension in your brow ridge and around your eyes. Is your mouth pursing or pulling downward? Let loose. Release that pull and let go of that tension. Now do that with the rest of your face until it’s completely relaxed, then move to your neck muscles and bones, then your shoulders, your arms and upper back, down through your back, etc. Tune into every part of your body and release whatever tension you may feel. If you have to, do some light stretching. Releasing this tension your body is holding from your daily stressors calms your mind tremendously. This is a perfect example of a mind-body connection that use interdependence to heal one another.
Posture Reflects Poise, Poise Reflects Confidence
I do want to put heavy emphasis on your posture during this mindfulness exercise. Put notice into your natural posture. Try and tune into yourself about every five minutes to see whether you’re standing or sitting up straight, slouching, leaning back, or pulling to one side. Even take notice if you have a head-tilt, as this may also indicate somberness or unsureness of one’s self.
Posture Influences Your Mood and Confidence
Your posture plays a big part in the way you carry yourself and even in your mood and the way you think about yourself. I’m going to get more into this in an upcoming article, but right now just know that being aware of your posture directly impacts your psyche, so be sure you’re posture helps you exude confidence as well as preserve the curvature of your spine.
Mind you, this is only one technique of many mindfulness practices. I’ve been practicing mindfulness and meditation for almost a full year, and I can tell you first hand that these practices have completely changed both the trajectory of my life and my outlook on it. More articles on the subject to come, but down below are some excellent top-selling books regarding mindfulness and how to incorporate it into your life.
Best Selling Mindfulness Books On Amazon:
Mindfulness Books For Controlling Emotions:
- Tame Your Emotions: Understand Your Fears, Handle Your Insecurities, Get Stress-Proof, And Become Adaptable- Amazon Best Seller (Kindle, Paperback)
- Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World- Amazon (Kindle Unlimited, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook)
- Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking- Amazon (Kindle Unlimited, Paperback, Audiobook)
- The Critical Mind: Make Better Decisions, Improve Your Judgment, and Think a Step Ahead of Others- Amazon (Kindle, Paperback)
Mindfulness Books For Changing Habits:
- 365 Days With Self-Discipline: 365 Life-Altering Thoughts on Self-Control, Mental Resilience, and Success- Amazon (Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook)
52 Small Changes for the Mind: Improve Memory * Minimize Stress * Increase Productivity * Boost Happiness- Amazon (Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook, MP3 CD)
- Habit Stacking: 127 Small Changes to Improve Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness- Amazon (Kindle Unlimited, Paperback, Audiobook)
Mindfulness Books For Meaningful Living and Purpose:
Minimalism: The Practical Minimalist Strategies To Simplify Your Home and Life (Declutter Collection Book 2)- Amazon (Kindle Unlimited, Paperback)
Life on Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything- Amazon (Kindle, Hardcover, Audiobook, Audio CD)
- Conscious Living: How to Create a Life of Your Own Design- Amazon (Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, MP3 CD)
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