No longer is health today only related to treating illnesses and caring for the body. Increasingly, it is also about caring more for your mind and soul, and finding a balance between these aspects in your life. By practicing mindfulness, the goal would be to live joyfully and smile in the face of challenges. This is important as in today’s world, it is common to feel stress in every nook and corner, in any aspect of life. From schooling children to working adults, stress can inadvertently be felt.
Do you feel that you tend to fill up your days with things that you feel have to be done, and run around in an attempt to deal with it all, but not really enjoying the process much, as you’re too pressed for time, too rushed, too busy, and perhaps, too anxious? We live greatly in a world where we are constantly just doing something. Rarely are we in touch with the doing and with the world of being. However, getting back in touch with your being is not that difficult; you just need to remind yourself to be mindful.
Moments of mindfulness are periods of peace and stillness, even in the midst of activity. Simply give yourself time to indulge in deep relaxation, be involved with your well-being and to remember who you are. Mindfulness is the practice of living in the moment while not fretting about the past and worrying about the future. Worrying unnecessarily about the future can create an unneeded sense of helplessness and torture where the issue can seem uncopable. Working on a single issue each time can help manage expectations and make the situation seem more copable and manageable.
There are two main types of stress, more commonly known as acute (short-term) stress and chronic (long-term) stress. Acute stress refers to the sudden and intense form of stress. It is the typical emergency situation, where the situation unfolds very quickly, and a decision has to be made in a split second. Conversely, chronic stress refers to stress factors that occur commonly during everyday activities, such as job stress and family stress. These stresses may not be of great consequence immediately, but the accumulated effects of these stressors often lead to lowered performance over time. While short-term stress can be beneficial, as the anxious feeling releases cortisol and this enhance immunity, long-term stress is harmful as it can lead to heart problems, and reducing stress is necessary.
Mindfulness to relieve stress
As stress, be it short-term or long-term stress, is undoubtedly unavoidable, it would be beneficial to look into ways on how to manage it better. And being mindful is a free and fuss-free way of dealing with it. By practicing mindfulness, and learning to become aware of what is going on in the mind and body, these thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations allows you to accept the experiences as they are as opposed to how the ideal outcome should be like. This helps takes away stress and pressure on the uncontrollable and be able to better appreciate the situation as it unfolds.
Other benefits of Mindfulness
Furthermore, with mindfulness, it would be easier to enjoy life as things occur, help you be fully engaged in activities and enable you to better deal with adversities. By focusing on the here and now, you would be less likely to be caught up in past regrets and concerns about success, and be able to form deeper connections with others.
Here, I would like to stress that mindfulness is not a panacea for stress, there’s no easy solution to this as stress is a situation where you find yourself being unable to cope with it and the threshold of this varies between individuals. Hence, it’s common to see some people coping better in stressful situations compared to others. Mindfulness practice then helps you to live in the moment and fully experience the stressful situation to enable you to learn from the situation and be able to better cope with similar stressful situations in future.
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