Mindfulness Practice – Overall Mental HealthFor 23 years, I have lived a very demanding schedule while balancing life’s responsibilities – family, children, obligations, responsibilities, work, travel, and dealing with my own mental health issues. I suffer from depression, anxiety, and I am diagnosed with bi-polar type 2 and PTSD. I have practiced mindfulness awareness for many years and the benefits have been powerful that I continue to practice on a daily basis. Most recently, I have become certified to teach it to others and I am proud to share with others the benefits I have received as a result of practicing mindfulness techniques. The benefits I have found are:
5 Benefits of Mindfulness Practice
- It maintains a strong immune system and physiological response to stress and negative emotions
- It improved my social relationships with family and friends
- It reduced stress, depression, and anxieties and increased my well-being and happiness
- It has increased my openess to new experiences and social settings
- It has led to greater psychological mindfulness, which included an awareness that is clear and brings me present in situations I can control by focusing on the objective and not the expectation
What is Mindfulness?Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. The practice of mindful awareness has a variety of well-documented impacts, including a reduction in toxic stress, an increase in emotion regulation, and an improvement in sustained attention, focus and functioning.
A study out of the University of California – Santa Barbara suggests that teens can rewire their ability to regulate attention and stress.