Practicing mindfulness can have a powerful positive effect on your life… there are so many ways that it benefits you.
Of course, everyone’s different. And taking time to focus inward, listen to your thoughts, become aware of your body, and focus on the way you’re responding to it all has too many benefits to list in a single article!
Here’s a list of 5 things that mindfulness can improve in your day-to-day life:
Easing Social Anxiety
When practicing mindfulness through meditation, you start to observe your thoughts and feelings more clearly.
For those who struggle with social anxiety, this practice can help strengthen your ability to handle negative emotions and offer yourself more self-compassion.
Procrastination is something we all struggle with to a certain extent. Because our brains tend to prefer instant gratification, we tend to prioritize the things that are easier to achieve.
When you practice mindfulness, it allows you a deeper understanding of your own thoughts.
That leads to better recognizing when we are procrastinating on something that is important, and it gives us the ability to push past those feelings to accomplish our goals.
Burnout tends to creep up on you slowly until things become too much for you and you crash and burn.
This often leads to feelings of worthlessness and disconnection…
Practicing mindfulness will help you recognize when you are about to experience burnout, before things get out of control.
And, it helps you find balance as well as the motivation to keep pushing through hard things.
Reducing Negative Self-talk
How do you typically talk to yourself when you’re faced with a problem?
Would you speak that same way to someone that you love?
The ability to notice when we are doing this to ourselves and to instead choose to change our habits can help in our overall mood.
Studies have proven that practicing mindfulness in your day-to-day life can actually improve your overall happiness.
Happiness doesn’t just feel good. It’s also been proven to improve our overall health. Maintaining a more positive mindset is crucial to our overall well-being!
Today, make a plan to practice mindfulness at various points during your day. You can make this a habit by turning mundane daily tasks into opportunities to practice mindfulness…
For example, here are some typical moments we all experience where you could choose to be bored, or opt for being mindful and connecting with your thoughts, feelings, and surroundings:
- Brushing your teeth
- Doing the dishes
- Driving on your commute
- Waiting in line
- Being on hold on the phone
Taking a few minutes to notice your surroundings, become aware of your body, and focus inward really helps you stay integrated and self-aware!