Mindfulness “taking time in what we do” – Simple Tips to be more mindful every day by Truefoodsblog
In this article, I want to share with you what it is about and what my Top 5 Tips for being more Mindful in your everyday lives are.
The last weeks have been really challenging for my mind, body, and soul. To pass through these down cycles I have my wonderful Yoga practices, Meditations and my beloved friends with whom I am always able to talk when things get out of hand. This time I focused a lot on myself and mindfulness which is so important in our lives.
What is Mindfulness?
Psychology Today defines mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present.” The publication goes on to state that, “you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad.” Additionally, “mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience,” as opposed to letting life pass you by.
It “is derived from Buddhist tradition and it concerns a self-regulation of awareness towards present mental states and processes, and involves a non-evaluative openness and acceptance towards those moment-to-moment experiences.”
1. Keeps you mentally, emotionally and physically happy.
“Large population-based research studies have indicated that the idea of mindfulness is correlated with well-being and perceived health,” says Ellen Langer, a professor of psychology at Harvard University who has been dubbed the “mother of mindfulness.” Langer adds, “Studies have shown that rumination and worry contribute to mental illness and that mindfulness-based interventions are effective in the reduction of worry.”
Furthermore, since the 1970s, mindfulness has helped individuals deal with chronic pain, eating disorder, addictions, and has helped many sleep more soundly. These individuals have also reported that that have made fewer visits to healthcare professionals and have had fewer negative feelings, like tension, anger, and depression.
2. Helps reduce stress & uncertainty
Mindfulness can literally rewire your brain. And, that’s a good thing. Researchers at Harvard found that the hippocampus region of the brain showed “significant increases” in grey matter density among people who had enrolled in an 8-week mindfulness program. This increase in grey matter is what helps us manage stress.
Work is one of the main causes of stress. And when we’re chronically stressed, not only does our performance suffer, but we’re also putting our health in jeopardy. Learning how to deal with stress isn’t just good for your work performance, it may even save your life.
3. Develops emotional intelligence (EI)
Mindfulness can help you cultivate and develop emotional intelligence. That’s a big deal since people with a high emotional intelligence are generally more successful because they’re not worried about being a perfectionist, they know how to balance life and work, embrace change, don’t get easily distracted, are empathetic, are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, are self-motivated, don’t live in the past, and focus on the positive.
Also, EI doesn’t just make you a more productive member of the team, it also helps you strengthen your communication skills and avoid many workplace confrontations.
4. Helps with criticism & Compassion at work
No one likes to be criticized. However, constructive criticism can be useful in helping us grow in the workplace. But, what about that negative feedback that just makes you want to snap? It’s not pleasant, but it’s going to happen from time-to-time.
Thankfully, mindfulness can help you ground yourself and respond professionally by taking a deep breath, slowing down, listening, observing your response, and processing the information.
Strauss reported via email. “We are more successful when we are more mindful, less focused on our bottom line and more focused on where we are heading.”
So, replace busy work with a chance to relax. If your team has accomplished a goal ahead of schedule or there are no updates to discuss, have fun. Meditate or have a team movie night so everyone is refreshed for the next challenge.
“Compassion is the quality of having positive intentions for others,” Hougaard said. “Compassion in your leadership will make your people know you have their back. This, in turn, leads to higher engagement, loyalty, and performance.”
To lead with compassion, entrepreneurs need to get out of their own way. They should focus on the present and before making a decision, take time to observe. What will this choice change? How does it help the team? What consequences are possible? Taking a moment to pause will help leaders be more mindful of their actions and decisions.
5. Increases focus, concentration, creativity, and compassionism.
David Gelles, author of Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out, adds that “We regain control of our attention. We come back to our breath over and over again even when our minds wander — and they’re always wandering. Simple attention training can yield big benefits in the long run. ”Also, when we’re able to reduce stress and improve our focus and concentration, we’re able to boost our productivity and get those creative juices flowing.
5. Simple Tips to be more mindful in your day to day:
1. Make a pledge to start each day as a fresh day.
2. Listen and acknowledge your innermost thoughts.
3. Pay attention to your feelings throughout the day.
4. Breathe! Breathe a lot and enjoy it. Be aware of your breath.
Works best for me:
5. Make use of helpful methods such as Yoga and Meditation to support your mindfulness
Include these tips in your Day to Day lives and act always with compassion and kindness giving love and you will receive so much more then you think. Life is a gift, it comes with challenges, ups, and downs but after every dawn there comes another sunrise which we can enjoy 🙂
Sources: Work and Mindfulness at https://www.forbes.com/search/?q=mindfulness#249bd1bc279f
& my own mind, full of positive thoughts 🙂