Mind Full or Mindful? Discover the difference
According to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, who are a charity partner for Morisons, Mindfulness is a simple, effective and enjoyable way of taking some time out from the demanding life we tend to live these days. It allows us to have a break from stress and focus on the here and now.
The basic idea is to learn to stop trying to do several things at once. Think how often you are talking, eating, watching the TV, checking emails or texting all at once. We may not notice at the time but what this means is we miss some of the pleasure in these activities because we are not fully experiencing them. We are also expecting our mind to process all these actions and data. Most of us can’t do that very easily so we become tense and stressed, our heart rate increases, our breathing rate increases and we fire off stress hormones around our whole system.
There is considerable evidence of Mindfulness being useful in:
- Reducing stress
- Reducing blood pressure
- Increasing productivity
- Reducing mistakes
- Easing physical pain and discomfort
- Feeling more content
In the meantime, slow down and enjoy life!