Mindfulness has been defined as “the quality of being conscious or aware of something.” Mindful.org refers to mindfulness as “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are, and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”
Practicing mindfulness and incorporating this way of being into your life can improve one’s physical, social and psychological wellbeing. The benefits are well worth the amount of time it takes and are as follows:
- Increase one’s ability to decrease anxiety and depression.
- Helps one to pay attention and observe thoughts and feelings without judgement.
- Promotes relaxation and calmness.
- Reduces negative emotions and stress. Improves memory.
- Boosts the immune systems ability to fight off illness.
- Encourages one to eat healthy and cope with cravings allowing them to pass.
- Alleviates physical pain. Develops a sharp focused mind.
- Improves relationships. Increases work satisfaction.
- Regulates emotions. Enhances digestion. Improves sleep.
- Improves academic achievement/reduces problem behaviors.
Apps and websites that can be used to incorporate Mindfulness into the lives of children, adolescents, adults and seniors include:
happify.com, omvana.com, brain.fm, mindfulness- app.com, joyable.com, calm.com, mindful.org, headspace.com, smilingmind.com, Stop, Breathe & Think, DreamyKid, Breathing Bubbles, Positive Penguins, Calm Counter, Emotionary, Take a chill, Chill Outz, Relax Melodies, Guided Mind, MINDBODY, Buddhify, Insight Timer, 10% Happier, Meditation Studio, Pacifica, Meditation Timer Pro. Sattva Meditations and Mantras, Breethe, Simply Being, Wuf Shanti Yoga Fun Machine, Breathe, think, Do with Sesame, Super Stretch Yoga HD, Mandala Memory, Mindful Powers, Wellbeyond Meditation for kids, Zen Bound 2 Universal, 5 minute escapes, Jinglow, and Virtual Hope Box.
The practice of mindfulness can assist you to be in the moment bringing a sense of peace, joy and happiness into one’s life. Eckhart Tolle stated “Wherever you are be there totally.”
For additional assistance to learn more about living in the present (the here and now) Contact Sue Hodges LCSW at Wasatch Family Therapy at 801.944.4555