Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment with curiosity and non-judgement. This technique has been scientifically proven to improve quality of life and happiness. A growing body of research shows how mindfulness contributes to overall well-being by improving people’s immune systems, increasing positive emotions, decreasing stress levels, and bringing a sense of peace.
Undesirable thought patterns often create stress, physically and mentally. By practicing mindfulness, people can stop ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, and be fully present in each moment. A mindfulness practice teaches people to choose quality, intentional thoughts and reduce depression or anxiety: by moving from “fight or flight” mode to “rest and digest.”
Meditation and Resilience Training
Meditation is one way to tap into mindfulness. Suitable practices are available to anyone, and it can be done anywhere, anytime: Standing, sitting, laying down, or while walking alone. Sometimes meditation is guided, includes a mantra, or becomes part of a yoga practice.
Research-based training can also enhance well-being and resiliency to stress, via activities that are readily accessible and easy to put into practice. Stress management techniques can be used daily, with no special equipment, to promote mental health without the use of medication. By building resilience, people are stronger physically, cognitively, spiritually, and emotionally.