We live in an increasingly busy world where our minds are working a mile a minute pretty much all day long. In a rush to accomplish your daily errands and necessary tasks, you’ll often find yourself losing your connection with the present moment and detaching from what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Did you notice whether you felt refreshed and well-rested this morning? Or that the sky was clear on your way to work? This is what mindfulness is all about.
Mindfulness is the practice of staying grounded and purposely focusing your attention on the present moment by accepting the current situation for what it is, without judgment. Thanks to modern research, this ancient, Buddhist practice has been brought into mainstream medicine, demonstrating the physical and psychological benefits that we can gain by practicing mindfulness.
In fact, incorporating mindfulness meditation in our busy lives can be the key to personal and professional success, here’s how.
Mindfulness decreases stress
When you think of stress, work is probably the first thing that comes to mind. From the long hours to the overload of projects and the pressure of deadlines, it’s easy to see how stress can hit a workplace. Not only does stress take a toll on your emotional and physical wellbeing at work, but the toxic, negative energy that comes with it can make its way to your home life, impeding your personal life as well as your professional one. One way to curb stress without dropping your performance at work is by making mindful meditation a habit.
This can be as simple as closing your eyes and staying silent for a few minutes each day. Listening to relaxing music, ASMR, white noise, and nature sounds have also been proven effective music for meditation practice. Listening to these in the morning before you get to work, will give you a better start for the day. Neuroscientists show that this daily practice of mindfulness can boost the areas of the brain responsible for attention regulation at the workplace.
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