headspace | mindfulness and anxiety

I haven’t been working on my website for almost a week now and boy, doesn’t it feel weird! It’s already 28th December and we have only 3 days left until 2018 comes. How exciting is that!! 😆 If everything goes as planned, I’m going to move out from my parents’ house on the first of January 😭. I’m thinking of blogging all about it, but we’ll see how it goes. Enough about me. Let’s talk about another instalment of the Headspace series — mindfulness.

 

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. People call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better.

 

An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means waking up to the sights, sounds, and smells of the present moment. That might be something as simple as the feel of a the mattress that we lie on. Another important part of mindfulness is an awareness of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment. It’s about allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly. When we do that, it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.

 

Mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings that we experience and to see how we can become entangled in that stream in ways that are not helpful. This lets us stand back from our thoughts and start to see their patterns. Gradually, we can train ourselves to notice when our thoughts are taking over and realise that thoughts are simply ‘mental events’ that do not have to control us.

 

As someone who had experienced severe anxiety symptoms in the past, I would say that mindfulness eases anxiety symptoms — not necessarily overcome it. But it definitely does something. Each and everyone of us experiences anxiety symptoms differently. I still do practice mindfulness every now and then because it put myself back into perspective and it relaxes me to sleep. 😊

 

 

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