What Does ‘Mindfulness’ Even Mean?

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By HealthVersed

Mindfulness. It’s a word we’re hearing more and more nowadays. It’s a buzzword but also a really helpful meditation technique. If you’re interested in giving your busy brain a time-out, you can explore mindfulness with an online search right now.

Mindfulness is good for both your body and brain. It helps relieve stress and allows you to let go of negative emotions while also sharpening your attention skills. Mindfulness practitioners also have a stronger immune system. What’s not to like?

Who Can Practice Mindfulness?

So who can do this mindfulness thing? Pretty much anyone, really. With the help of technology, you can practice mindfulness anywhere and at any given time. There are now websites and cellphone applications offering guided meditation sessions to cater to almost any kind of crowd. From the time-crunched mother of 3 to the high school student trying to balance teenage life and studies – everyone can find their kind of mindfulness meditation at the tip of their fingers.

To practice mindfulness you need three things: 1) a quiet place to sit or lay down, 2) a body and 3) a mind. So simple, it’s almost stupid! But wait, what do you do after sitting down? Either you turn on your guided meditation app or you can follow these helpful tips:

You’ll Encounter Distractions

Having thoughts about kittens or pizza? That’s OK. Contrary to popular belief, mindfulness is not about thinking about nothing. In fact, thinking about nothing is nearly impossible for the average person! The idea is to take notice of your thoughts from a more detached standpoint. This enables you to create distance between yourself and your life events, for example, effectively reducing stress levels related to these events. Treat your thoughts as what they are: just plain old thoughts, just passing through. If you’re still having trouble detaching yourself, you can always sing “Let It Go” in your head. You never know, it might actually work!

Another myth is that you need a lot of free time to practice mindfulness. Not true. You can actually do it for as little as 5 minutes and still enjoy some of its benefits. Obviously, you’ll most likely benefit more from mindfulness if you do it for longer periods of time. Is it possible to do too much mindfulness? Well, if it takes away from spending quality time with your loved ones or causes you to stop showing up for work, then yes. Otherwise, go nuts!

You Don’t Have to Meditate

And if you don’t want to spend time sitting around or if meditation isn’t really your thing, there are still ways that you can practice mindfulness in your daily life. Just as you would take notice of your body parts and your breath, take time to become fully aware of situations that you would normally take for granted during your day. These situations could be:

In those moments, take notice of your surroundings. Appreciate the sounds, smells, tastes and emotions associated with them. It’s really as simple as that!
Now aren’t you glad mindfulness isn’t an incurable disease?!