Mia from Personal Develop Fit! shared that perhaps one of the most common methods of dealing with stress is mindfulness. Mindfulness is a great way to promote calmness in times of great unrest, and mindfulness strategies have been around for eons.
Of course, one question remains: what exactly is mindfulness? We’re here to answer that question and more to get you on your way to better stress management in the future and during the chaos of 2020.
What is Mindfulness?
To put it simply, to be mindful is to be present and totally engaged in the current moment. Life is busy, so it’s easy to become distracted with what will happen 10 minutes from now, or even 10 years from now which can often cause a lot of stress and anxiety. When you are mindful, you are not reactive to everything going on around you, including your thoughts – you are simply acknowledging that they are there and that the world is still going on around you.
When you are practicing mindfulness, you are acknowledging the current moment, void of any judgment or distraction. It is an opportunity to be fully aware of your thoughts and feelings at the time but without letting them get into your head too much.
You may not think this is the case, but mindfulness is actually something that every person is capable of. It may sound like some magical thing that only highly trained individuals can muster, but it’s something that you are capable of, it’s just a matter of learning how to access it properly and honing is, like you would do with any other skill.
Common Misconceptions about Mindfulness
As mindfulness becomes more of a common practice in society, more myths also arise about the practice. This can cause a lot of confusion for people that perhaps aren’t as familiar with mindfulness.