Nowadays, caring for yourself and caring for those around you are the most important priorities. Now more than ever, we are faced with the opportunity to recover inner balance, reconnect with yourself and discover new hacks to feel better. Mindfulness is an amazing tool to regain that sense of serenity and help us face uncertainty with a positive attitude. Besides, science confirms it—you can experience benefits from taking up the practice of Mindfulness. Find out what these benefits are below.
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1. LESS STRESS, BETTER SLEEP
The effectiveness of mindfulness to fight stress and anxiety has been widely validated. This technique helps to minimize the physiological response of our bodies to stress: it slows down our heart rate and reduces the level of cortisol (a hormone released in stressful situations). Furthermore, the state of calmness induced by mindfulness facilitates better sleep.
2. A STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM
Some initial tests have confirmed the positive influence of mindfulness on the body's immune response. Include mindfulness in your daily routine, along with a balanced diet nutrition and physical exercise, to feel stronger than ever.
3. YOUR BRAIN, UPGRADED
MRIs show that regular mindfulness practices are associated with structural changes in the brain. Mindfulness not only increases the size of the brain, but also improves gray matter density, related to better information processing. In addition, mindfulness helps reduce the brain waves that predispose us to feeling fearful and judgmental while increasing waves that boost tranquility and good moods.
4. CELL AGING AT BAY
Nowadays, we know that preventing stress is one of the best anti-aging tactics. There are studies that show that those who practice mindfulness have longer telomeres. These cellular compounds are one of the main biomarkers of aging: the longer they are, the younger our cells are.
5. FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS
Working from home? Trying a new hobby? Starting an online course? Mindfulness improves your focus, and also boosts memory and creativity! When you practice mindfulness on a regular basis, you gain mental clarity. Mindfulness trains your capacity of attention, which is enormously beneficial to your intellectual performance.
6. MORE EMPATHY AND COMPASSION
Saying that this technique makes you a better person may sound like an overstatement, but, reality says otherwise. Researchers have found that people who practice mindfulness score higher in compassion, kindness and empathy. What better time to cultivate these skills than right now?
7. THE FOOL-PROOF WELL-BEING TOOL
One way to practice mindfulness is to savor the small moments that bring you joy while learning to appreciate them with gratitude. With this and other exercises, mindfulness will make you gain emotional stability, tolerance and energy. You will become more aware of yourself and learn to detect —and redirect— negative thought patterns. In short, your attitude toward difficulties will be much more positive and serene.
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MOST RELEVANT RESOURCES:
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Britta K. Hözel, Sara W. Lazar et alt.: “Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density”. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging; Volume 191, Issue 1, 30 January 2011; Pages 36-43
Marta Alda, Javier Garcia-Campayo et alt.: “Zen meditation, Length of Telomeres, and the Role of Experiential Avoidance and Compassion”. Mindfulness (NY); 2016, 7: 651–659
David S. Black and George M. Slavich: “Mindfulness meditation and the immune system: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials”. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; 2016 Jun; 1373(1): 13–24.
Kelly Birtwell et alt.: “An Exploration of Formal and Informal Mindfulness Practice and Associations with Wellbeing”. Mindfulness (NY); 2019; 10(1): 89–99