Every new day seems to bring with it a fresh load of events that can make us become stressed. Ironically, even events that should normally be enjoyed have also become stress provoking.
As earlier stated, the first step to creating new beginnings is to get to know yourself as it is the key to breaking the hold that stress may tend to have on you. Having gained a knowledge of yourself as well as your capabilities, you get to know what you can handle, what to prepare for, what you should avoid and what to do when faced with stressful situations.
The next step is to arm yourself with tools to relieve stress in daily activities.
One of such tools is mindfulness meditation.
What does it mean to be mindful?
It simply means being aware of what is happening within and around you at the present moment.
To meditate means to consciously direct your attention at something in particular with the aim of gaining a better understanding of it.
Put together, Mindfulness meditation involves a conscious effort of being aware of the internal and external occurrences in the present moment. That is, being aware of what you feel RIGHT NOW, what you think RIGHT NOW as well as your bodily responses to external stimuli. It is a non-judgmental practice whereby you live in the present moment, not dwelling on your pasts or future, just the present moment.
This practice involves focusing primarily on your breathing and practicing deep diaphragmatic breathing. This helps to direct awareness to the mind, enable you achieve a more coherent heart rate and become conscious of your current overall functioning.
Do you know when you are breathing in or when you are breathing out?
Most times, we are unaware of this, we just breathe because that’s what human’s do. This explains why it is a CONSCIOUS effort to become aware of “breathing in and knowing that I am breathing in” and “breathing out and knowing that I am breathing out”
By practicing mindfulness meditation daily,
You overcome stress and react more positively to situations
You become healthier physically and mentally
You become less impulsive
Your memory is improved
Your relationships get better and more fulfilling
You become more productive and eliminate procrastination
You become less judgmental
You become more confident
One of the best gifts you can give yourself is to become skilled at being mindful because you can take it with you everywhere you go.
Remember to live in the moment, it’s happening right NOW!