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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What do you do to control the negative thoughts in your head?

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  • WLKHS 2218
    Posted at 19:37h, 13 March Reply

    To control the negative thoughts in my head, I usually just consider them, and then either choose to disregard them if they are pointless, or if they are a legitimate and important problem I will take whatever steps necessary to adapt to what I think will best suit the problem at hand. This usually allows me to easily disregard any pointless negative ideas.

  • WLKHS2109
    Posted at 01:28h, 04 March Reply

    Personally, mindfulness is very important but I do not practice it enough on a daily basis for. That is not saying I do not try to incorporate it into my day, some days I am so overwhelmed that when I finally have a second to breathe I want to spend it taking it easy without much thought.

  • WLKHS 2113
    Posted at 02:15h, 03 March Reply

    to control negative thoughts i like to listen to calming music and just take deep breaths. it helps me regain control and kickstarts positive thoughts

  • WLKHS2418
    Posted at 16:35h, 02 March Reply

    I usually come up with a plan for up things so I can execute that plan with some worry but usually all the anxiety that comes from it is gone. Any time I’m stressed I loosen up and I just let go of the thought.

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