October 12

The Benefits of Mindfulness

How do you manage your emotions? What techniques do you use? How effective are these techniques?

We can all suffer from problematic emotions. It is a fundamental component of being human. They serve a purpose. Whether this purpose is to warn us of potential danger or reward us for achievements. The list is truly endless of how our emotions serve us.

Many techniques I have heard that people use to manage their emotions stem from Mindfulness. This is an effective technique for managing those negative emotions we would rather avoid, such as stress.

There are various mindful practices that you can perform to achieve that inner peace so many of us crave. The benefits of these are numerous. The basic principle is the same. To focus on something, be it internal or external in extensive detail, incorporating all your senses. These practices permit us to distract our train of thought which could be negative. However, it also permits these thoughts to enter our conscious, where we acknowledge them for what they are and then release them. Once we have released them, we can return our focus to that internal or external thing that we initially focused on.

The benefits of Mindful Practices can be, but are not limited to: • Releasing stress • Managing anxiety • Improving sleep • Improving physical health such as reducing the risk of heart disease • Lower your blood pressure • Help you manage pain

It is an emotive time out there. Stay safe.

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