How to reduce stress naturally
The simplest way to understand mindfulness is to think of it as a mental exercise—a form of meditation. According to Psychology Today the definition of mindfulness is “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad.”
A growing body of research quietly continues to validate the practice of mindfulness, citing benefits ranging from structural brain changes associated with positive moods, to reductions in chronic pain. The influence of mindfulness has grown and expanded to the U.S. military, universities, hospitals, pain clinics, public schools and nationwide organizations like Apple, Google, General Mills and Nike, who recognize it as a wellness intervention that is cost-effective for reducing stress while increasing productivity and creativity in the workplace.
Google is just one example of many companies that have helped employees learn how to apply the practice of mindfulness, and they continue to offer regular meditation courses as a way to promote personal growth.
People who practice mindfulness often see they are not their thoughts, and while their thoughts are real, they are not always true. This kind of awareness can be liberating for those suffering with anxiety and depression and provide an increase in positive emotions and creativity for the otherwise healthy person.
Practicing mindfulness helps us recognize we have a choice in how we pay attention, what we’re paying attention to, and brings awareness to an expanded field of choices, thus empowering us to see reality more clearly.