How does mindfulness help me?

Mindfulness is a way to stay focused in the present because too often our minds become cluttered with the distractions of modern life. Just like Harrison, many people may feel overwhelmed at times. Ask yourself: How much time do you spend thinking about the past? How much time do you spend worrying about the future? A lot? Well that’s totally normal!!! But we don’t want to forget about the present because the present matters too. We want to be able to enjoy and live fully in the present moment and this is what mindfulness helps us to do.

People who regularly practice mindfulness will tell you how much more in control of their lives and calm it makes them feel. But don’t just take their word for it. Scientific research shows that mindfulness makes people happier and healthier; it lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels, increases immune response, improves sleep and even enhances creativity. (source:

In fact for people suffering from depression, when mindfulness was combined with CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy – the best known counseling treatment for depression), the combination resulted in the same improvements that would have been seen from taking an antidepressant.

Not enough proof that mindfulness works? Well how about actual changes in your brain? MRI scans (Magnetic Resonating Images – like a super x-ray without the nasty side effects) show that meditating for a half hour daily can increase grey matter density (our brain cells) in an area essential for focus, memory and comprehension. Prior research showed monks (who have meditated for approximately 10,000 plus hours) had extraordinary growth and activity in this part of the brain.

But how exactly can mindfulness help you in your daily life? Mindfulness helps the average person to stay on task because it trains the brain to stay focused. Moreover, it helps the average person to be less controlled by his/her thoughts, which in turn causes a decrease in anxiety and stress.

In fact 163 studies show that mindfulness lowers anxiety levels. How? Largely by being able to stay focused on the present moment and to not be controlled by negative thoughts. Mindfulness teaches the brain that when a negative thought pops into your head, you don’t have to be overwhelmed by it. Instead, it becomes just another thought, one that you can choose to pay attention to, or one you can ignore. Settling the mind like this changes, for the better, the actual size of the brain area that promotes fear, anxiety and paranoia – the amygdala. Yes, you read that right – mindfulness helps shrink the area of your brain that promotes anxiety! (Source:

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  • wlkhs 2212
    Posted at 17:40h, 26 February Reply

    When controlling the negative thoughts in my head, I normally think of something good that has happened to me or something that will happen to me. I do this so that I can forget about the negative thoughts.

  • WLKHS2215
    Posted at 17:39h, 26 February Reply

    To control the negative thoughts in my head, I usually will distract myself by trying to think about something good in my life. It can help me cope with the negativity overloading me and then I can slowly start to think about the negativity again.

  • wlkhs2220
    Posted at 17:38h, 26 February Reply

    I think mindfulness is a very important way to combat stress. In my situation, I try to be mindful but it is somewhat difficult for me to start new things with my busy schedule. I see how it can help others though.

  • wlkhs2211
    Posted at 17:37h, 26 February Reply

    when i have negative thoughts in my head i usually just think of positive things that will make me feel better and make me think positively.

  • WLKHS2213
    Posted at 17:35h, 26 February Reply

    I do something that relaxes me to clear my head and let me carry out my tasks.

  • WLKHS2214
    Posted at 17:35h, 26 February Reply

    If any negative comments come to my head, I would ignore it and think the opposite of what it is and work hard on it. Normally the negative thoughts in my head would go away and sometimes could help me improve on something im not working hard on.

  • WLKHS 2209
    Posted at 17:35h, 26 February Reply

    To control the negative thoughts in my head, I tend to think about the good things in my life and think positive thoughts. I also try to come up with solutions to my problems, which gives me a sense of reassurance.

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