Manage stress and enhance wellbeing with Mindfulness practice
Mindfulness practice allows you to develop skills for self-care, natural health and wellbeing to use in your daily life to manage stress and personal challenges and restore balance and ease in your life. There is scientific research evidence that daily mindfulness practice can help to reduce stress levels, increase emotion regulation, improve focus, help you to sleep better and improve the immune system.
Through formal mindfulness practice when sitting, lying down or in mindful movement, you learn to use the sensations of the breath and body to focus your awareness and settle you at times of difficulty. You are encouraged to notice thoughts, feelings, and sensations, with a sense of patience and self-care, letting go of any tendency to be analytical, judgmental or self-critical.
By bringing mindfulness into your daily activities, you can slow down from time to time, so that you can start to respond to life’s ups and downs with choice and awareness, rather than reacting automatically. This can help to shift your perspective, restoring a sense of ease, contentment and wellbeing.
How can mindfulness help me?
Why does practising mindfulness make a difference?
The pressure of modern life means that we tend to live in a constant state of automatic reactivity to whatever is happening in our lives. Whilst autopilot can be helpful, it can lead to harmful patterns, which go un-noticed. We can forget to take lunch breaks or rest breaks and keep on working when we feel exhausted. If these patterns continue they will in time adversely affect our health and wellbeing.
Our automatic tendency to get caught up in feelings of pressure, overload and worry can mean that our body is in a constant state of stress reactivity, as if being chased by a dangerous animal. This stress reactivity can have harmful consequences on our health. Mindfulness helps us to notice our stress triggers and reframe life’s challenges. We can learn to rebalance our negativity bias and appreciate the good things around us, while recognising and accepting the things that we can’t change.
By learning to tune into our sensory experiences through mindfulness practice, we can give our body and mind a chance to reset themselves. This can help our immune system to work more effectively; inflammation can be reduced, potentially relieving pain and discomfort. Our breathing and digestion can improve and we can slow down and start to have a sense of feeling more in control of the choices we make.
When we bring mindfulness into our daily lives, we can acknowledge that although we can’t always change the world around us, we can change our reactivity to it and give ourselves the best possible chance to stay healthy, build positive relationships and develop personal resilience, calm and ease.