We juggle a lot of balls. Family, household, marital relationships, education, business, altruism, and we thrive on it. The more we do, the more accomplished we feel. With all that, there has to be some kind of built in stress control. Otherwise, it all comes back to haunt you in physical ailments, mental exhaustion, or worse.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Theresa
Mindfulness is an awareness of our feelings, thoughts, and experiences, without judgment. Freedom from judgment can be a struggle, but the benefits of increasing mindfulness are priceless:
- fewer symptoms of depression
- reduction of stress
- boosts memory
- increased focus
- less emotional reaction
- more cognitive flexibility
- satisfaction in relationships
- fear regulation
Mindfulness has been studied through empirical research and has been shown to enhance ALL function in the middle prefrontal lobe area of the brain. Mindfulness has even been shown to have numerous medical benefits including immune function. This is pretty new research and they’re still going back and forth over just how much is changed by mindfulness. Take a look at this article from the US Department of Health and Human Services. It shows research on different conditions that’s been conducted and the results. If you have ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia, or Multiple Sclerosis, I highly recommend clicking on the link and taking a peek at the research.
So…what are we waiting for? Not too many pills can offer a list like this.
Prevention is the key to improving population health, and health educators are athe locksmiths.
Quinyatta Mumford, MPH
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®)