3 Great Reasons to Try Mindfulness
If the word “mindfulness” makes you think of chanting hippies decked out in paisley and tie-dye, you’re not alone. Many people I speak to in both my personal and professional life regard mindfulness as just another new-age fad.
Well folks, not only have I completed eight weeks of mindfulness sessions, I’ve lived to tell the tale. So without further ado, here are my top 3 reasons that you should invest in mindfulness.
Ok, while a 15-minute stint of mindfulness may not be the equivalent of a day at the spa, it is a great tool for promoting relaxation. Frustrated with a client? Stuck in traffic? Kids driving you up the wall? Learning techniques which promote mindfulness can help you to dial down your amygdala, reducing your cortisol levels and generally helping you to chill out.
I’ve put this to good use over the last few months – it works.
Do you find yourself flitting from one thought to another? This is a huge issue for many of us. I often rely on lists upon lists in order to keep track of things as they pop up in my head, otherwise, I end up falling down a cerebral rabbit-hole, forgetting what I’ve originally set out to do. A huge part of mindfulness is becoming aware of your thoughts and equipping yourself with the ability to acknowledge them, without allowing them to take over.
Which leads us nicely to…
Raise your hand if you think you’re good at juggling a few things at once. Well, prepare to have your bubble burst. It turns out we’re all actually terrible at multitasking. There’s a great activity in the Be Fearless Ltd. course which demonstrates this, but for now, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
Instead of rapidly switching between tasks, mindfulness encourages you to take each thing as it comes, dedicating your focus to just one task at a time. If I told you that I could now do a day’s worth of work in a morning, you might not believe me, but it’s the truth.
So, what are you waiting for?
There we have it folks, 3 genuinely great reasons to try mindfulness that aren’t related to being at one with the universe. There’s bound to be a course starting near you, so why not pop along for an introductory session?
Let me know what you think!
Thanks to the fabulous Jenni at Be Fearless Ltd. for showing me the error of my ways! Jenni offers block lessons of mindfulness to schools, businesses and private groups, so whatever you need – she can help.
In case you’re wondering, I was a fee-paying student on Jenni’s course and she’s not paying me to write this!