9 ways in which mindfulness reduces stress

Mindfulness does not only decrease stress, but it also gently creates and improves on your inner strength so that stressors in the future have a lesser effect on your happiness and well-being. Mindfulness, according to some studies from the University of Massachusetts Medical School as well as University of Oxford, helps you become resilient in the face of potential stress-inducing events.

Here are some ways in which being more mindful in your everyday life can help you lower your levels of stress and pressure in life.

1

When you practice mindfulness, you gain more and more awareness of your thoughts. Once you are able to do this, you can take a step back from these thoughts running in your head, almost as you would be able to do this with any other object or event. Doing so helps you to NOT take each thought in a literal manner.

2

Becoming more and more mindful everyday will help you be in a mode of ‘being’ rather than in a mode of ‘doing’. The mind’s state of ‘doing’ is the one which is closely related to taking action as well as to the stress response. When you are in a ‘being’ state of mind, you are a present, calm relaxed as well as at an equilibrium which is good for you and your system as opposed to being in a rattled, confused of panicky state of mind, which is uncomfortable and potentially harmful for your body. 

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Inculcating mindfulness in your day to day routine helps you become less and less ‘reactive’ to any given situation. It could be anything, from the pressure at work or the thousand chores at home but being mindful gives you and advantage of looking at things for what they are and then coming up with the best possible solution for the same. Being ‘in the here and now’ helps you make decisions using your innate wisdom and overall presence, rather than judgements based on a perspective that is clouded by heightened emotions or stress.

4

Mindfulness not only makes you aware of your feelings and thoughts, but it also makes you more aware about what your body needs. You become more conscious about things like when you feel hungry, if you are in pain, when you need a good stretch or a run and when and how much sleep and rest you need. You may notice these things in a better way and take appropriate action accordingly.

5

You are more aware of and sensitive towards your emotions as well as those of others. Becoming mindful in your daily life can help you improve your emotional intelligence, thereby reducing internal and external conflict, especially conflict that is emotional in nature, thereby significantly reducing your stress levels.

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Becoming more mindful and embracing this technique helps you to improve the level of care and compassion that you feel towards yourself as well as others. A compassionate approach soothes your mind as well as improves the quality of your interactions with people around you, thereby reducing your stress caused by interpersonal friction.

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Practicing mindfulness helps you focus in a better way and therefore it contributes to you completing your work more efficiently. Not only this, mindfulness gives you a greater sense of overall wellbeing which reduces your stress response.

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Becoming more mindful in your everyday life can help you to alter your attitude towards stress itself. Instead of focussing on the negative aspects of feeling stressed out, mindfulness gives you that space to think of stress in a different light. You may be able to give importance to the fact that some amount of increased stress and pressure actually helps you to take things more seriously and perform better.

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Being mindful everyday can help you to reduce the level of activity in your brain’s amygdala. This part of your brain is instrumental in turning on your stress response. And being mindful can help you to slow down its activity for some time.

Juhi Jaiswal
Writer, Teacher, and Psychologist

Juhi Jaiswal identifies herself as a rat-race dropout and a chai drinker who finds comfort in rains, dogs and hugs. She considers herself as a full-time philosopher,  an experimental cook and a feminist. Juhi is qualified to be a psychologist but decided to be a writer and teacher. She believes that life’s utter meaninglessness is exactly what makes it so precious.

 

Juhi Jaiswal
Writer, Teacher, and Psychologist

Juhi Jaiswal identifies herself as a rat-race dropout and a chai drinker who finds comfort in rains, dogs and hugs. She considers herself as a full-time philosopher,  an experimental cook and a feminist. Juhi is qualified to be a psychologist but decided to be a writer and teacher. She believes that life’s utter meaninglessness is exactly what makes it so precious.

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