This week theme is mindfulness, as it is essential for full recovery and a healthy life. 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 also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.We found out that there are 6 scientifically proven benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
- Mindfulness reduces anxiety
- Increase body satisfaction
- Boosts working memory
- Increases focus
- Helps the brain reduce distractions
- Improves sleeping patterns
Most evidence suggests the reason for these positive changes are a result of the psycho-physical experience of relaxation that formal mindfulness practice causes – blood pressure drops, heart rate slows and our breathing slows and deepens.
They also suggest that with regular, long-term practice our brain ‘rewires’ itself so that the neural pathways that make us calmer and less reactive are strengthened and used more frequently.
Lastly, with the increased self-awareness that occurs with long term mindfulness practice, people are able to make decisions that are better for them, rather than reactive decisions based on anger, fear or stress.
While making research on meditation, breathing took our attention. We found out the importance of abdominal breathing : a technique that has an influence on our stress levels. 9/ 10 people on earth has a breathing called “vertical “ which means only using the top part of the lungs. However the biggest part of our lungs are situated in the abdominal area. Vertical breathing can bring a lot of consequences , but the most frequent is upper back and neck pain. So we suggest to train abdominal breathing few times during the day.
What to take out ?
Every now and then practice your meditation, it can be done anywhere and anytime. Focus on the present moment and let your body rest. If you ever feel stress : listen to music , switch off for a while, plan ahead or simply go for a walk. In our busy lifestyle today we often forget to listen what our body is telling us.