What Is Mindfulness And How It Can Help

Mindfulness is often cited as a powerful way to improve your attention in and to the present moment. Practising mindfulness can improve your general and mental wellbeing. In the coaching context, the impact of being mindful can be significant with notable benefits such as being able to make the most of your potential, respond to challenges that you encounter and be engaged with your day-to-day activities.

Combining mindfulness with life coaching is a powerful way to set you on course for achievement and success. Your personal and professional progression can be accelerated if you are mindful.

What Is Mindfulness

According to Psychology Today, mindfulness ‘is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you carefully observe your thoughts and feelings’. When you observe your thoughts and feelings carefully, you are less likely to make quick judgements about whether they are positive or negative. Careful observation of thoughts and feelings empowers you to live in the moment and be aware of your present priorities.

By remaining focused on the present, you will be able to avoid obsessive or irrational thoughts about the past or future. While mindfulness is often innate, it can also be cultivated through regular meditation. The practice of meditation provides an opportunity to reduce stress, enhance performance and gain insight into your life.

How Mindfulness Can Help

While a degree of mystery has surrounded the practice of mindfulness, in reality it is far less mysterious than many people believe. It is not even a new technique that you need to learn, as it is something that we all already do. There are many benefits that can be derived from the regular practice of mindfulness, some of which we will explore below.

Reduces Stress

Stress is ever-present in our busy modern lives; fortunately mindfulness is a technique that is proven to reduce stress. Research has found that therapy with a mindfulness element can alter cognitive processes that can cause stress. Further to this, it has been identified that it can increase positive thoughts and decrease anxiety.

This reduction in your stress level allows you to become more productive and work towards achieving your personal and professional goals.

Boosts Working Memory

Mindfulness can also improve your memory capacity, and it has been proven to help you maintain a stable level of memory capacity. Imagine being able to remember and recall a list of priorities with ease. An improvement in your working memory will also improve your effectiveness and productivity; you will be able to work towards achieving more in less time.

Increases Focus

Being able to focus on the task at hand or on a defined number of priorities can significantly improve your productivity. Mindfulness has been proven to help focus a person’s attention and suppress distractions or distracting information.

The next time that the phone rings while you are completing a critically important task, you should be able to continue to focus on the task and avoid time lost to distractions.

Improves Relationship Satisfaction

Relationships are an integral part of our personal and professional success, and being able to communicate and respond to issues that arise in a relationship can be the difference between successful or unsuccessful outcomes. Practising mindfulness can help you to respond positively to relationship stress and effectively communicate emotions in your relationships.

If you are able to respond to relationship stress and communicate effectively with a partner, you are more likely to achieve successful outcomes that enhance your relationships.

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