Today’s guide sheds light on 5 major benefits of mindfulness. Audio version available here.
Why is mindfulness good for you? Why should you spend your valuable time on mindfulness?
Is it really worth it?
Well, it is, and that’s what you’ll learn about in today’s guide on the 5 major benefits of mindfulness.
So, why is mindfulness good for you?
There are lots of reasons, as research has established. There are lots of ways mindfulness benefits us.
I’ll go over five of the most important and major benefits here. Continue reading to learn more about the 5 major benefits of mindfulness.
Let’s get started.
5 major benefits of mindfulness
So why is mindfulness good for you? Here are 5 big reasons why:
Stress reduction is usually the most talked about benefits of mindfulness.
Stress widely recognized as the biggest health issue of our time – it causes not just issues like anxiety, but also has many other negative impacts, including weakening our immune capabilities, weakening our ability to deal with emergencies (makes us less resilient), negatively affecting our ability to learn and grow, and so on.
So yes, stress is bad.
And mindfulness can help with that.
Research has in fact found that regular practice of mindfulness can reduce your levels of cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone, and by reducing cortisol mindfulness tackles stress at its source.
So, if you ever needed a way to deal with your stress, mindfulness can be really really helpful.
Another great benefit of practicing mindfulness is its positive impact on our mood.
A controlled study involving members of the U.S Marines actually found that practicing mindfulness meditation significantly improves mood and memory. The soldiers in question spent two hours each week for eight weeks practicing mindfulness meditation.
That’s just over 17 minutes a day. That’s a small amount of daily time-investment with massive rewards.
We all go through times when we experience low mood, some more than others, so here is yet another reason for you to practice mindfulness.
Stronger immune system
Here’s the third big reason why mindfulness is good for you – the positive impact mindfulness has on our immune system.
A study undertaken by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, in fact, found that people who practiced mindfulness meditation regularly produced more antibodies than those who did not.
And antibodies play a vital role in our ability to fight off diseases and recover.
Especially at a time like this when most of the world is at risk from Coronavirus, boosting your immune system is not just important, but essential. And since mindfulness has been proven to positively boost our immune system, by increasing the production of antibodies, it is clearly a great reason to start practicing mindfulness.
We can all do with a stronger immune system, especially now, won’t you agree?
Better able to recover from illnesses
Now let’s look at the fourth reason – the impact mindfulness has on our ability to recover from health problems.
As you learned above, mindfulness boosts our antibody production, which is a great way to boost our immune system. But that’s not all mindfulness does when it comes to our health. Several studies on cancer patients found that practicing mindfulness meditation helped their recovery process. It was so effective that a whole methodology was developed around it, it’s called Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery, or MBCR.
This benefit, of course, doesn’t just apply to cancer – whatever illness you might be suffering from, mindfulness meditation can help. That certainly makes mindfulness worth a shot won’t you say?
Better mental health
Last but not least is the positive impact mindfulness has on our mental health.
Looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health, if not more, and mindfulness is a great way to look after and improve your mental health.
Our ability to manage our emotions play a massive role in the overall quality of our life. Being able to regulate your emotions can be incredibly beneficial in terms of managing things like low mood, depression, stress, anxiety etc. And mindfulness has been found to help with this.
Studies have found that regularly practicing mindfulness makes it possible for practitioners to detach themselves from their negative emotions. The regular practice of mindfulness helps people to identify, assess and analyse their negative emotions.
But not just that, the regular practice of mindfulness also enables practitioners to accept things instead of fighting them. This, in turn, makes it easier for them to better regulate their emotions, and come up with more effective coping mechanisms.
Three 2016 studies, in fact, support this theory. Makes sense of course – when you get better at managing your thoughts, you will get better at managing your emotions.
So mindfulness is a great tool for that, and this certainly makes mindfulness a great habit to adopt and practice on a regular basis.
These are not the only benefits of mindfulness, of course, there are more. But these are some of the biggest benefits of practicing mindfulness regularly.
It should be fairly clear by now that these are some pretty big reasons why you need to try mindfulness, and better yet, make it a daily habit.
Continue reading to learn how you can get started with mindfulness.
Getting started with mindfulness
You now have a pretty good idea about the why of mindfulness – about reasons why adopting mindfulness as a habit can be really good for you.
So how do you move forward, how do you get started with mindfulness?
Well, one of my recent talks will help. I did a talk on that very topic a few weeks ago, where I went over a way for you to make mindfulness a daily habit in just 2 minutes a day. If you have not listened to that already, I suggest you check that out. That can be a great way to get started with mindfulness and do so easily, as it only takes about 2 minutes a day or so to try that. You can check it out here: How to adopt mindfulness in just 2 minutes a day.
You can also check out this free 8-week mindfulness program – this will help guide you through a structured online mindfulness program over 8 weeks. That is a good enough time period to help you get started with mindfulness and make it a regular practice.
These three resources should get you well on your way with mindfulness, and can even help you make mindfulness a daily habit.
I hope you found this guide useful.
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