How Mindfulness Can Help You Regulate Your Life

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How Mindfulness Can Help You Regulate your Life

By Jevetta Doyley

Same old thinking same old results

 

To many, mindfulness seems like the new do-it-all fad, that new thing that will make you smarter, more beautiful, happier, enhance task performance and even make us healthier.

I personally cannot vouch for all these things, however I don’t doubt that in some respect all the above can be achieved if we all take on a more mindful approach to life.  

So, what is mindfulness?  

State

Having a mindful state of mind refers to you experiencing and recognising your experiences in the here and now.  We are often running on autopilot.  For example, ever come in late from work and wolf down a meal and wonder where it all went?  Ever sit in Friday’s work meeting thinking about what you might get up to later?  We are all victims of it, constantly thinking of our futures or things in a past and not living in the present.  Many of us are simply forgetting to live in the present.  

Practice

The practice of mindfulness is the physical act of taking time to be in the present.  It is about being aware of and experiencing the feelings and sensations in your body at any moment and accepting them.  

Trait

Believe it or not some of us are a bit more mindful than others.  This trait may mean we are more empathic or pay a bit more attention or care towards what we are doing.  

 

Many of you may still be wondering what I meant when I agreed with the notion that it probably does do all the wonderful things that researchers and practitioners have suggested it does.  Mindfulness and the feeling of being aware and in the present usually means that we aren’t distracted by time constraints, our own feelings of doubt and may overall enhance our performance in many of our daily tasks.  When we are aware of what we are doing, we become more attentive, which may lead to better performance outcomes.  Not worrying about the present or the future, two aspects of life that are difficult to change (unless you have a time machine of course!), may mean that once we have come to terms with this and can focus on the present, we become a bit more content about the way things are.  In addition, being mindful of all aspects of life including what we eat and how we treat our bodies may also mean we listen to what our bodies need, instead of resorting to quick fixes.

So, what do you think, is mindfulness all that it’s cracked up to be?  Why not email us and let us know how the practice of mindfulness has affected you.