Mindfulness is a psychological process that simply put means “to live in the moment” and to concentrate one’s attention on experiencing the moment at hand.
There are many benefits to learning to be more mindful. Some studies state that learning to increase mindfulness can help to reduce depression & to minimize stress and anxiety. It has shown to have positive effects for women struggling with post partum, for those fighting addiction, and even weight management.
So we should all start to be more mindful, right? Easier said than done. It’s very hard for humans to actively control their attention. How many times do you miss the moment because you are worrying about something else or are distracted by a different task? We let things slip by us every day and our anxieties become the center of our attention. We mustn’t become passive bystanders in our own lives– instead we must strive to be the active protagonists who ‘seize the day’.
This March, I would like to focus a series of posts related to awareness. Not only because Mindful March sounds good, but also because I am at a place in my life personally that is overdue for some mindful living. Therefore, for each of the four following Fridays, I will be posting in more detail about mindfulness as a process and its influence in the different categories in our lives. In the following weeks I will concentrate on the following:
- Mindfulness & Health (Fitness-Diet)
- Mindfulness & Resilience (Overcoming Stress)
- Mindfulness & Personal Relationships
- Mindfulness & The Earth (Ecological Mindfulness)
With each post, I not only want to offer some info on how mindfulness can benefit these different areas of our lives. In addition, considering that I am a compartmental thinker, I will also provide a daily Mindfulness Task if you want to take start taking action on your mission for mindfulness.
Let us embark on this journey together! Who’s with me? Let’s seize the day!
Author: Ali @ Sustainable PsycheMy name is Ali. I am an American living in Italy. I am passionate about delicious food that is also ethical, healthy and sustainable. I love pasta and pizza, traveling, horseback riding and exploring the vibrant city of Milan that I call home.