Some People Talk About Mindfulness As If It’s The New Kid On The Block And It’s NOT!
In fact it first appeared in 1979 and has really came to the fore in recent years because of the facts and scientific data we now have.
With the release of modern studies the efficacy of mindfulness has really made it more and more popular within homes and workplaces because of what we now know to be true.
In 2010 Harvard University carried out a study which proved that in general people think 46.9% outside of the present moment which is not healthy at all!
This has been termed the “Monkey Mind” where it is wandering and ill at ease or ruminating and creates stress.
Mindfulness Is Good For You If You Have Troubles Or Are Perfectly Fine!
Yes you don’t have to be in need of a tonic or a so called pick me up to benefit from it. Yes it’s good for unwell people and also people who are at the top of their game equally.
What Is Mindfulness In A Nut Shell?
Mindfulness is a non religious and non threatening form of meditation in its simplest terms that can change brain activity by encouraging present moment observational awareness.
Some Very Simple Science Facts About Mindfulness
- Mindfulness positively affects the Amygdala which controls fear, anxiety and stress.
- Mindfulness positively affects the Hippocampus which controls learning and memory.
- Mindfulness positively affects the DMN (Default Mode Network) which is responsible for the wandering mind and decreases its activity.
Is It Time To Get This Into Workplaces like Schools?
Ever noted how this is now in schools quite prolifically?
Then why is it not mainstreaming at work considering the following:
- £1.24 billion loss each year to business from stress.
- Stress affects 1 in 5 employees.
- Stress is the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK.
Considering how much time you spend at work and the ripple effect it has within the larger whole of your life then it’s worthy to consider is it not?
So Why Is Mindfulness Believed To Be So Good Then?
It has a significant effect on anxiety and depression in the first instance and if you think about that it will make perfect sense to you when you read on.
To fuel depression or anxiety you have to be preoccupied with the past or worrying about the future.
With mindfulness you can apply a level of control by being fully present more than you ever have been which takes you out of future or past thoughts and reduces stress and a mind that is wandering unhappily.
What Is The Down Side of Mindfulness?
Absolutely nothing it is 100% safe!
Just on a last point whats your upside after reading this?
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