Alternative Health

Mindfulness

 

In today’s world, I think we all can feel a little overwhelmed at times. Overreacting at times, not knowing where these reactions are coming from. People not being present in their lives or not being present in our lives. Whether it is that person that wasn’t  paying attention in traffic, at the grocery store, people on their phones……………….

Studies have shown, being mindful of how you are feeling can be very beneficial to our health!

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

Mindfulness teaches you to be aware of your feelings.

When you practice mindfulness, you are living in the moment. Your focus is on your breathing, how your body feels, and what’s around you. It helps you understand your emotions and realize that they come and go — they don’t define you. It is reported once you accept your feelings without thinking of them as “right” or “wrong,” you can change any unhealthy thought patterns.

Regular mindfulness can physically change parts of your brain.

Practicing mindfulness — especially meditation — can make the area of your brain that controls your attention span grow over time. It can also fatten up your brain stem and increase the gray matter in your brain, all of which helps you process your emotions better and stay healthier

Practicing mindfulness can affect your genes.

The relaxation you feel when you practice being mindful might play a part in which genes are active in your body. Specifically, it can make the ones linked to inflammation less active. This can not only improve your health, but it may help you live longer, too.

The practice of mindfulness has roots in,

Buddhists have used the basics of mindful meditation for thousands of years. It isn’t a religious practice, but it does have a lot of the same features as some types of prayer, which can have similar effects for some people.

Mindfulness helps with stress by:

Over time, it gives you more control over your emotions and helps you process them differently. It is reported this may also help with anxiety and mood disorders.

Practicing mindfulness may help you fight off illness.

It has been shown in some studies show, mindfulness may boost your immune system and even help with the effects of aging. More research is needed to understand exactly what those effects are and how it works.

Mindfulness may help with chronic pain because,

Practicing mindfulness may not be able to take away pain or cure what causes it, but it can help you feel all your emotions, including positive ones. It also can help you take control of the pain and your feelings and handle your condition better.

Mindfulness may help with depression,

Early studies also show that people who have bipolar disorder or an anxiety disorder might benefit from it as part of their treatment plan as well.

***********Consult with your physician if this may work as a part of your treatment plan.

Source: webmd,mindful.org

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