Mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment. I struggle with this on a daily basis due to the constant urge to multitask and be more productive.
The linked article explains that mindfulness is “literally making an effort to focus only on one thing. You read me right: monotasking.” There is a lot of data showing that practicing mindfulness has a variety of benefits for well being. The American Psychological Association cites mindfulness as “a hopeful strategy for alleviating depression, anxiety, and pain.” The article goes on to state that this mental practice can even moderate the brain’s amygdala, which is the “fight or flight” response center.
I hope to use this blog to share my personal experience as a trained counselor using mindfulness to benefit my well being.