Just to give you a broader perspective, The US military offers marines mindfulness training before they are deployed, in recognition that it is an effective form of mental discipline. “Mindfulness has been shown to help those suffering from depression to manage their emotions better and dwell less on negative memories and feelings.” Mark Leonard, Oxford Mindfulness Centre.
Mindfulness teaches you to be present in the moment rather than being distracted about the past or projecting into the future. It is a simple habit of awareness as you move through your day. Despite it being incredibly simple, a stressed person will find it very difficult to let go of plotting and planning events of the day.
When people feel stressed, the part of the brain associated with “fight or flight” – the amygdala – fires up, reducing the brain’s ability to cope. Modern crises such as a deluge of work –related emails or a clash of personalities are complex and require flexibility and emotional intelligence. But in its primitive state of high alert, the brain fixates on the immediate problem rather than thinking strategically and seeing the bigger picture.
Mindfulness has proven benefits that increase calm, a feeling of ‘lightness’, creativity and wellbeing. Regular practice brings your system back into balance: reducing stress hormones, slowing down your heart rate and blood pressure, and relaxing your muscles.
In addition to its calming physical effects, research shows that mindfulness increases energy and focus, combats illness, relieves aches and pains, heightens problem-solving abilities, and boosts motivation and productivity.
If you want to learn how to encorporate Mindfulness into your daily practice, contact Suzi Tyler on 077836 635233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are needing some stress relief and stress management help, get in touch. Suzi sees private clients one-to-one in Birchington and Whitstable, Kent and Harley Street, London W1.