“Life isn’t about what happens to us; life is about how we respond to what happens to us.”Rodney Burton
Mindfulness. It’s all the buzz these days; it may have even left you wondering, can one truly practice mindfulness without being a yogi or retreating in the Himalayan mountains?
At the Mind Spa, we believe mindfulness is a human awareness tool that anyone can tap into. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, or overall life stressors, mindfulness can benefit anyone seeking to improve their emotional well-being.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of increasing awareness and acknowledging the present moment without judgment.
In our daily lives, we juggle many hats, i.e., school, career, home, and social life. With those responsibilities come various emotions ranging from overwhelm to stress, fear of failure, and judgment.
Mindfulness is a tool that helps individuals change the relationship they have with their daily lives. With mindfulness, you reclaim the driver’s seat of your experiences and feel empowered to restructure your outlook on life to benefit your mental health positively.
How Mindfulness Benefits Mental Health
Greater Sense of Awareness & Psychological Well-being
Studies have shown that mindfulness positively impacts physical and psychological well-being. By practicing being rooted in the present moment, mindfulness encourages individuals to become active participants in their lives. This awareness allows for the opportunity to view situations in a different light, fostering better emotional regulation, improved social relationships, and positive feelings about oneself.
Tools & Coping strategies
One notable benefit of practicing mindfulness is that it encourages the body and mind to work together in sync to achieve a state of calm awareness. This can be done using various methods to gain greater understanding, such as breathwork, meditation, gratitude vocalization, and body scans. Over time, mindfulness can extend to lifestyle changes such as incorporating healthier foods into one’s diet and spending more time in nature.
Breaking Unproductive Cycles
Do you respond to situations that come your way, or do you react?
Mindfulness helps individuals confront the challenges in their lives with the ability to respond mindfully rather than react automatically.
When we live on autopilot, we quickly become passive passengers in our own stories. Over time, this leads to a sense of loss of control, and we react from a place of weakness rather than strength.
When incorporating mindfulness into one’s life, old triggers, and situations don’t create as much imbalance as they once did, and individuals feel better equipped to respond mindfully.
Where to Start
Anyone can begin incorporating mindfulness into daily life by being aware of the present moment. Tools that can be used to achieve this are meditation, breath awareness, journaling, gratitude, and more.
Another way to strengthen mindfulness is to work with a certified mental health professional who can help you begin the journey of self-discovery and awareness.
The Mind Spa’s Approach to Mindfulness & Mental Health
At the Mind Spa, we use a holistic approach to help individuals achieve their mental wellness goals. Mindfulness therapy, CBT, lifestyle changes, and more are all supportive tools we use to help individuals get the most out of each experience.
For more information on mindfulness, feel free to check out the following Mind Spa resources below: