What is mindfulness and in what ways can it help you overcome stress?
Mindfulness is self-awareness. It helps an individual to better understand his emotions and thoughts.
Mindfulness encourages conscious thinking and as a result, it is very useful in managing stress. This is due to the fact that it helps an individual to change thought patterns.
We have the tendency to live our lives on ‘autopilot’ to save energy and time.
However this for of thinking not encourage efficiency and can lead to chronic stress.
In what ways does auto pilot thinking result to stress?
Let’s examine a common scenario when your useful time is been taken away, wasted or stolen by someone do not know. Maybe someone rings your cell phone on a busy day and after a talking for while you realize it’s a wrong number. You might just loose it and get so upset.
This may seem the normal way to react to such a situation but it does not help, it just leads to more problems and increases stress.
The Road Map To Mindfulness
Let’s talk about some steps for you to develop mindfulness within you.
It is not going to be simple but it is guaranteed that you will start benefiting from your hard work very soon.
The tasking and demanding responsibilities of the contemporary life usually overwhelm most of us. Our brains end up concentrating on things that occur on the exterior and so we tend to forget about the stuff that happens within us.
What is going on in your inner life?
We give so much time to the activities occurring in the outside world and this causes our inner life to suffer because it is being denied nourishment.
We lose our focus and balance and this makes us angry, tired and frustrated at the world.
The remedy to this is, you have to practice and learn how to take refuge in the world within you. You must become more self-conscious of the things going on within you as you deal with what is going on externally.
By doing so, with time, you will definitely be more aware of your emotions and thoughts. Only then will you be able to transform yourself into a good evaluator of the outside world.
2. Develop Hyper-Focus:
Hyperfocus is a very powerful tool that can help reduce the mental burden of people especially those who are usually overwhelmed by racing thoughts and distractions.
Most artistic people usually develop hyper or super-focus
This trait comes when your mind is totally engrossed in what you presently doing in such a way that there are no distractions, side thoughts, you are in a state of total complete focus thereby allowing you to complete tasks with better accuracy and speed.
This can be used to help you get rid of all distractions so that you will become more efficient and productive.
3. Practice Self-Awareness Continuously:
Most skills usually require that one practices it in order to master it. This is no different with mindfulness. I suggest that you continually remind yourself of what is happening within you when you are doing something.
Practicing mindfulness will help you to discover the emotions aroused by your thoughts. Mindfulness gives you the ability to rediscover yourselves and gain more balance and control when under stressful situations.
4. Focus on the Moment
This is one of the toughest skills to master because it is difficult to completely focus on the moment.
Scientists have stated that our minds are designed to focus on one thing at a time.
Of cause, most of us see the ability to multitask as a valuable skill. Multitasking, however, makes the brain do many things at once and some parts of the brain don’t work all at the same time.
How can a person improve response to stress by developing mindfulness?
Reminding yourself to focus inward in order to become more settled and therefore look at the world in a better way.
Here are some skills you must develop to master mindfulness:
1. Stop Judging
Society has taught us to judge everything and each other based on its own standards. We tend to pass judgment on people who cross our paths because of their choices.
The downside of this is, you waste a lot of mental energy on even the smallest inconveniences of life.
As a result of all the judgment, you tend to feel exhausted even when in a calm environment. Mindfulness requires that we develop a mindset of acceptance.
In what way does the acceptance mentality work?
You have to stop viewing everything as negative or positive. You must simply come to terms with the present events and mold your actions or responses to match your current needs.
When you begin to apply the acceptance mindset you will come to see that most of the stressors around you are not even worth your time, strength, effort and energy. You will have a clearer mind and you will manage stress better.
2. Be Slow to React to Situations:
The human brains have a pattern it reacts to different situations. When an event happens it triggers a certain reaction.
This pattern of reactions come into play on autopilot and are not always productive. They come into play without the need for conscious thinking.
Instant reactions can cause stress and the reactions that are activated as a result of the ongoing event might not be the right one for that situation.
When you continue to allow instant reactions, in a long run you become unhappy and feel stressed. You must learn to practice conscious thinking as a remedy to instant reaction.
How does conscious thinking take place?
Is complex as the human mind is, it is just divided into two parts which include: conscious and sub-conscious mind.
The conscious mind gets instructions from the subconscious and the subconscious is protected by the conscious mind.
Conscious will require the shifting of your thought power to the conscious mind so that you can take charge of what is happening in your subconscious.
The subconscious mind can help you to solve problems especially when it is not on auto pilot.
3. Be More Compassionate:
Being more compassionate helps you eliminate the negative trait of being judgmental. It has a profound benefit of creating a peaceful mind.
When your mind is focused on sympathizing with people around you, you tend to lose the negative mindset. This puts you on the right road to a life with less stress.
Engrossing yourself in kindness, mercy, and compassion will reduce your affinity to pessimism and negativity. It will help you to break the chain of stress by focusing on being merciful to others rather that sit down and worry.
When you show mercy toward others you are likely to find peace on the inside. A person who shows compassion to others has more inner peace than another individual who decides to be judgmental of the actions of others.
To conclude, you should know that there are no shortcuts to profound mindfulness except for the fact that you must continue to practice every day. It is only by doing this that you will become mindful at all times.
You must desire to apply mindfulness if you will eliminate stress.