Health & Wellness Spot: Implement mindfulness into your daily life

Jan. 19, 2022

Ella Tozduman

You might have heard about the trend of practicing mindfulness but may not understand its benefits or how to incorporate it into your life.  Mindfulness is the idea that a person is fully aware of what they are doing and that they are able to be fully present in that moment. It helps people avoid feeling overwhelmed or worried. The popularity of practicing mindfulness is growing as a result of all the benefits people are seeing from it. 

Mindfulness is rooted in Buddhist teachings and was popularized in the 1990s by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Zinn studied under Buddhist teachers, and from there, he was able to develop a better understanding of the concept and create a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. This is an eight-week program that is meant to help people address their stress, pain, and anxiety. 

Mindfulness is a simple practice, but its effects can transform a person’s quality of life.

There are countless benefits to practicing mindfulness, the first being that it can improve a person’s overall well-being and health. It teaches people to be more appreciative and engaged in daily life. They become more focused on the present moment, and they are able to escape their anxiety, depression and pain. It benefits physical health as well. There are studies that show mindfulness can help with heart disease and lower blood pressure in addition to improving a person’s immune response by creating more T cells. Mindfulness can also be part of an effective treatment for substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder and eating disorders. 

Mindfulness is a simple practice, but its effects can transform a person’s quality of life. It empowers people to control their emotions, improve sleep quality, have better concentration and feel more positive overall.

Luckily there are countless ways to implement mindfulness into your daily life. One is to make it a habit to step back and breathe deeply, which causes a person to resettle and refocus. Another is to do one thing at a time and prioritize what’s important in life. Mindfulness is really about taking notice of what matters and using your five senses to be aware and present in the moment. Implementing mindfulness into your daily lifestyle can be a transformative experience, and there is no time like the start of a new year to begin this practice.


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