Once firmly in the realm of Buddhist traditions and, later, Clinical Psychology, the practice of Mindfulness is now becoming more and more commonplace. You’ve probably heard about it, maybe even tried it out yourself. But in the busy, day-to-day reality of modern life, there’s always a good excuse to do something else. Is it really possible to find the time to practice mindfulness meaningfully?
Not only is it possible, it’s needed more than ever.
Research shows that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy has a significant positive impact on depression, stress, anxiety, and can improve physical functioning and overall quality of life. Mindfulness therapy’s ability to reduce stress, a risk factor for mental and physical illness, has led it to become a form of adjunct treatment for people who are chronically ill, and a preventative measure in work places, pregnancy, and even in prisons. (Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4400080/)
Look familiar? Often find yourself stressed at work or at home? Try to spend time practicing mindfulness techniques to help you focus and re-channel energy when the going gets tough.