If you ask people what they think mindfulness is, they might not have any idea – it’s not something everyone is aware of. If they do know, they might tell you that it’s about being in the present moment and truly living in the present. This is certainly true, but there is a lot more to it than that, and understanding mindfulness more means you can get a whole lot more out of it.
In fact, practicing some form of mindfulness every day can truly improve your life and make things a lot better in all kinds of ways. You’ll feel more positive, more confident, and you’ll be a lot more productive, and these are just some of the benefits. With that in mind, below are some of the reasons why practicing mindfulness every day is a good idea.
You’ll Sleep Better
Did you know that people who are between the ages of 18 and 64 need approximately seven to nine hours of sleep each night to be fully productive and healthy? Those younger than that often need more sleep, and older people need less, but on average, trying to get around eight hours of sleep is a good idea for the best life.
Yet it’s not always easy. There are scores of factors that can cause sleep to be hard to come by, including being stressed, constantly thinking about things and being busy, various health conditions, and even a bedroom that’s too hot or too cluttered. In many of these cases, practicing mindfulness in the form of meditation and relaxation will make it easier to sleep (although tidying your bedroom and making it a better place to be in will be useful too).
You’ll Make Decisions More Easily
There are decisions to be made at every turn, from what to wear on a particular day to how to conduct your next business meeting and everything in between. Some decisions are tiny, and you might not even realize you are making them. Others are huge and can have a giant impact on your life, either negative or positive, depending on the choice you make. This can obviously be stressful.
At times, decision-making can be so difficult that we try not to do it at all, but the problem with this is that we are then out of control, and that can lead to even more stress.
The best option, whether you’re trying to decide between the best wedding reception venues or you want to know what business to start, for example, is to practice mindfulness. When you let everything else go, your mind can stop spinning and you will no longer have to focus on your choices. You’ll simply be in the here and now. By the time you’ve finished meditating, your mind will be clear, and decisions will be quick and easy to make because you will no longer be bogged down by anything else.
You Can Manage Your Weight
Managing your weight and keeping it at a healthy level is crucial if you want to be as healthy as you can be. You might not have considered it before because weight loss or gain is all about healthy eating and exercise, but mindfulness can also help.
Studies are still ongoing as to why and how this might be the case, but it is thought that it is down to feeling more positive and having a better mindset. If you feel good about yourself because of the mindfulness medication you practice each day (perhaps just after you wake up, or just before going to sleep, for example), you will be less likely to indulge in behaviors that will make you feel bad – and that includes eating the wrong foods. Mindfulness can also help you to see yourself in a better light, and when you like the way you are, you won’t want to do anything that causes issues with that.
On top of that, mindfulness also allows you to be in the moment and take a step back from your worries and concerns. If you eat because you are stressed or anxious, mindfulness will take this feeling away from you, so you’ll be less likely to eat badly.