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Daily Mindfulness: How to Increase Performance AND Peace of Mind!



In today's world of go-go-go, and possible over consumption of social media and technology depleting our nervous system, let's talk about mindfulness - a simple yet powerful practice that has been proven to help people cope with stress, anxiety, and overall wellbeing.


But What is Mindfulness?

In simple terms, it's the practice of being present and fully engaged in the moment, without judgment. It involves paying attention to our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations without trying to control them. Sounds easy, right? But in our fast-paced and demanding lives, it can be challenging to stay present and focused, which is why regular practice is essential.


Why Practice Mindfulness?

Well, research has shown that it can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, improve sleep quality, boost brain function, and enhance overall feelings of well-being. Mindfulness has also been linked to lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, and an increase in gray matter density in the brain.


One of the most significant benefits of mindfulness is its ability to help us manage our thoughts and emotions better. By staying present and observing our thoughts and emotions, we can learn to respond to them more skillfully and without judgment, instead of getting caught up in them. This can help us avoid impulsive behaviors, reduce anxiety, and improve our relationships with others.


Origins of Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is a concept that has its roots in ancient Eastern philosophies and practices, particularly in Buddhism. It has been practiced for thousands of years as a way to cultivate awareness and attention to one's present moment experiences, thoughts, and emotions, without judgment or attachment.


The modern-day concept of mindfulness has been popularized in the Western world by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the 1970s who developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program that utilized meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices as a way to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Since then, mindfulness practices and research have expanded and are now widely used in various fields such as psychology, healthcare, education, and business, to name a few.


How Can You Start Practicing Mindfulness?

The good news is that it's simple (but not always easy but gets easier with practice) and can be done anywhere, at any time. You can start with mindful breathing, where you focus on your breath and observe your thoughts and emotions as they arise. You can also try mindful walking, where you pay attention to each step you take and the sensations in your body. Another popular technique is body scan meditation, where you focus on each part of your body, from your head to your toes, and observe any tension or discomfort.


Key Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness, including:

1. Reducing stress and anxiety: Mindfulness helps to calm down the mind, reduce stress levels, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety. It also helps individuals to focus on the present moment, instead of worrying about the future or ruminating on the past.


2. Improving emotional regulation: Mindfulness helps individuals to regulate their emotions more effectively, by teaching them to observe their thoughts and feelings without judgment. This helps individuals to better understand their emotions and respond to them in a more adaptive and healthy way.


3. Enhancing cognitive function: Mindfulness has been shown to improve cognitive function, including working memory, attention, and decision-making. This is because mindfulness helps to train the mind to focus more effectively on the task at hand.


4. Boosting resilience: Mindfulness helps to build resilience and improve overall mental wellness. It can help individuals to cope with challenging situations and bounce back from adversity more effectively.


5. Improving physical health: Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive impact on physical health, including reducing blood pressure, alleviating chronic pain, and improving sleep quality.


In conclusion, mindfulness can help us become more present and engaged in our lives, and all the while professionally improve performance in a most positive way, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve our overall well-being. So, take a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, or work with a mindfulness focused coach to increase effectiveness, and you'll soon experience the benefits for yourself. Remember, as with any skill, it takes time and practice to develop, so be patient with yourself.


Daniela Bumann, CEO

Life Mastery Coach, Motivational Speaker/Trainer, Evolutionary Consciousness Guide

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