Are you feeling constantly stressed? Do you lack focus and motivation? Or by any chance want to improve your health in only 10 minutes a day?
Believe it or not, there is a technique that benefits thousands of users daily. A technique that is easy to practice and doesn’t take much of your time. That technique is called mindfulness – and studies have shown that those who practice it, experience a lot of positive changes in many areas of their lives.
Now, the best way to explain mindfulness is to see it as “a practice of being fully aware and fully present in every moment”. Basically, being mindful can help you in many areas of your life. Most importantly, it can help you qualify your thoughts and actions as “positive” or “negative”.
Practicing mindfulness can actually have an effect on your brain. According to researchers, this type of training gives lasting effects on the way your problems are perceived and dealt with. This results in more balanced emotional responses and a decrease in stress, anxiety or even depression.
If you can take only 10 minutes out of any busy day for this practice, you will see its positive results very, very soon. All you need to do is the following:
● Make Time For It – Set aside a small block of time that you can commit to every day. It would be ideal if this time is the same every day – but not the imperative. If you have children or too many responsibilities, try to accomplish being mindful in the morning or early afternoon.
● Find Your Place – A quiet place is another thing you need to achieve mindfulness. Just close the door and put your phone on silent – or turn it off completely.
● Get Comfortable – Sit on your chair or couch with your back straight and feet on the floor. Let your hands sit comfortably in your lap.
● Breathe – Take deep and slow breaths. Take about five of them and on the last one, close your eyes.
● Focus – Focus on the present moment. Discover what your body feels like, how the room smells and whether there is any stress in your body. Lat your thoughts drift through your mind but remain a passive observer.
● Relax – Make sure to stay as long as possible in this position, relaxing and ‘feeling yourself’. In the beginning, it may be hard – but later on, it will be something you look forward to every day.
Now that you finished the act of mindfulness, you should reflect throughout your day on the sensation of being fully present.
Practicing the technique for as little as 10 minutes per day will allow you to gain such mindset, improve your mental health and be present in every moment. That way, you will be able to take action and make the right decisions every time you come across something problematic. Most importantly, you will feel like yourself and won’t be troubled by most of your common problems.