Finding Serenity in a Rapid World :Mastering Mindfulness
Dr. Sakshi Mehrorta
In today's world, where “fast-paced” describes everything from work environments to lifestyles, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. From the constant demands of work to the pressures of social media, it can be tough to ﬁnd a moment of peace and calm. That's where mindfulness comes in.
A 2013 piece of research from the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience journal found that just 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve cognitive function and boost mood.
By taking a moment to slow down and be present in the moment, we can reduce stress, improve our well-being, and increase our productivity. Take a deep breath and a comfy seat as we explore the beneﬁts of mindfulness and provide some tools and techniques to help you incorporate it into your daily routine.
What is Mindfulness?
At its core, mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It involves being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations in a non-reactive way. By cultivating this awareness, you can better manage your emotions, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. Research has shown that mindfulness can have a range of beneﬁts, from reducing anxiety and depression to improving cognitive function and boosting immunity. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice found that mindfulness meditation can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression by as much as 70%.
Tools and Techniques
There are many diﬀerent tools and techniques you can use to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine. Here are a few to get you started:
One of the most popular ways to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Find a quiet place to sit and focus your attention on your breath. When your mind wanders (as it inevitably will), simply bring your attention back to your breath.
Even if you don't have time for a full meditation session, you can still incorporate mindfulness into your day through mindful breathing. Simply take a few deep breaths, focusing your attention on the sensation of the air entering and leaving your body.
Walking can be a great way to clear your mind and reduce stress. Try to focus your attention on the sensation of your feet touching the ground and the movement of your body as you walk.
Eating mindfully involves paying close attention to the taste, texture, and sensations of the food you're eating. Take the time to savor each bite and appreciate the ﬂavors.
We often listen to others without really hearing them. To practice mindful listening, focus your attention fully on the person speaking and try to understand their perspective without judgment.
Tips for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Day
Incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine doesn't have to be complicated. Here are a few simple tips to get you started:
You don't need to dedicate hours to mindfulness practice. Even a few minutes a day can have a signiﬁcant impact on your well-being. If you miss a day or two, don’t be hard on yourself. Just pick up where you left oﬀ.
Use reminders throughout the day to help you stay present and mindful. For example, set an alarm on your phone to remind you to take a few deep breaths every hour. A handy tip: Ensure the alarm tone is pleasant, not startling or threatening. It will set the mood for your mindfulness session.
Mindfulness is a skill that takes time to develop. Be patient with yourself and remember that it's okay to have distractions and wandering thoughts.
If you find yourself struggling with mindfulness practice, remember to be kind and compassionate with yourself. It's not about being perfect, but about making progress. The effects are slow, sure, and steady.
In conclusion, mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help us lead happier, more fulfilling lives. By paying attention to the present moment, we can reduce stress and anxiety, improve our relationships, and increase our overall sense of well-being. Incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives may take some e ort and practice, but the bene ts are well worth it. Whether it's through meditation, mindful breathing, or simply taking a few moments to appreciate the world around us, we can all nd ways to be more mindful and live more mindfully. So why not give it a try? Start small, be patient, and see how mindfulness can transform your daily life for the better.
"Mindfulness is a powerful tool that can help us lead happier, more fulfilling lives."
Dr.Sakshi Mehrorta is a Counselling Psychologist specialising in Existential-Humanistic Therapy and a certified NLP practitioner with approximately 17 years of experience. She is the founder of Mindlogs Psychological Services, an international affiliate member of the American Psychological Association, and a Senior Advisory Member, of Super School India. Having worked with some of the premier organisations and educational institutions, she has curated specific learning modules, psychometric tools, and training solutions for the current generation of workforce, students, and teachers to help them emerge as leaders of tomorrow. She specialises in techniques to build Emotional Competence, Empathy, Resilience, Self-concept, and Life skills. With a background in Neuro Linguistic Programming, her work is focused on re-engineering clients' thoughts for sustained emotional well-being. With an ardent desire to bring mental health and well-being to the forefront, she meticulously designs and delivers empowering interventions at MINDLOGS. Besides specialising in the above-mentioned areas, she conducts niche workshops in the area of Research Methodology, Statistical Techniques, Psychometric Testing, Career Progression, and Psychotherapy.