Mindfulness is often considered to be such a high concept, and something that people should strive for, but might never obtain.
This is very far from the truth since mindfulness is simply a state of mind that ensures you are present in the moment and considering life from many different perspectives, not just your own.
Mindfulness has a ton of benefits for you, as well as for everyone else around you, because it will make you much more observant of other people’s problems. So what exactly are the benefits of being mindful?
1. Better overall health
Being mindful will change the way you look at the world, and will help you understand how the world works from another perspective.
Numerous scientific researches have confirmed that being mindful leads to reduced stress levels, less anxiety and simply a better mentality. It will also help with day-to-day struggles with motivation, creativity, headaches and focus.
But mental health is not where it stops. It has been proven that mindfulness helps with managing symptoms of some diseases, like cancer. It doesn’t remove the symptoms, but it makes coping with them a lot easier.
2. Benefits in children and youth
Studies have shown that children who practice meditation and are more mindful than their peers are a lot more likely to avoid depression, anxiety, problems with drugs or alcohol, as well as do better academically.
This applies to teenagers as well as small children, and studies show that the earlier they start, the bigger effect mindfulness will have on their lives.
Another big thing that was noted is that being mindful helps children deal with bullying, which is a more and more prominent issue in schools all over the world. Being mindful help them see things from a much wider angle and helps them understand and cope with it better, without leaving permanent damage on them.
3. Benefits at the workplace
If you are an owner or manager of a company, investing in a meditation room – equipped with some items like candles and tapestries – can be a very smart business move.
Mindful people are proven to have much better managing capabilities, are more productive and process tasks easier. There is another very important thing that being mindful prevents and that is burnout.
There is not much use from an employee that has simply burned out, especially in the creative industry, and regular practice will go a long way in preventing that from happening.
Some studies even go as far as to say that mindfulness will increase the number of contract hours worked.
4. Regular practice brings routine
Regularly practicing meditation and/or yoga at home, in class or on breaks at work will do wonders for the overall quality of your life.
The best part about it – it is for everyone. No matter your age, gender or physical abilities, everyone can practice meditation and everyone can get some benefit out of it. Whether it will be a life with less stress or just a steady routing that will help you relax and unwind, having a regular routine will do you good. It might take a few tries and quite a few adjustments, but try and find a routine that suits you and doesn’t burden your life, rather takes the load off your shoulders.
You can even make this into family time, by bringing everyone in the same room for 20 minutes of joined meditation.
So why not give it a go? There are so many benefits that can come with being mindful and regular practice of meditation, and there is really nothing you can lose, even if you realize it is not the thing for you. So get comfy, close your eyes, and start expanding your mind.