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  • Writer's pictureArnav Daftari

The Power of Mindfulness: How Practicing Mindfulness Can Improve Mental Well-being

“When we allow ourselves to embrace the moment, we allow ourselves to live.” - Laura Bien

In our demanding and high pressure world, where stress is a constant, looking after one’s mental health should come first and foremost. Moments of stability and serenity are a truly distant dream in the clamor of our daily lives. However, one simple yet potent practice continues to garner attention for its significant effects on mental health: mindfulness. 

Rooted in Buddhist traditions, mindfulness continues to draw attention in the world of modern psychology for its substantial impact. Mindfulness, at its very core, entails simply living in the moment, with curiosity, acceptance, and more importantly, without judgement. It encourages cultivating awareness of your thoughts, feelings and environment. 

A plentitude of studies demonstrate the beneficial influence of mindfulness on mental well-being. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research proves that MBSR, mindfulness based stress reduction, is indeed effective in reducing stress and anxiety. Moreover, a seminal paper published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology highlighted that MBSR can help prevent relapse for those with recurrent depression.  

One of the pivotal mechanisms that enhance mental health is the fostering of emotional regulation. By developing the ability to feel emotions without reacting to them impulsively, one can attain mastery over their emotional state. This, in turn, enables them to react to adverse situations with a calm head and resilience. 

Furthermore, mindfulness strengthens cognitive resilience and attention spans. Meditation on a regular basis can improve the brain’s capacity to concentrate and leads to improved performance and increased productivity. 

Lastly, by cultivating a non judgemental attitude towards yourself, you also allow yourself to feel a genuine connection with others and foster compassion and acceptance. These aspects contribute positively to your well-being. 

Practicing mindfulness in your daily life doesn’t take hours of meditation or any fancy exercises. Simple things such as mindful breathing and walking could be incorporated into your routine to better your mental health. 

The evidence is clear: your mental well-being can be significantly boosted by practicing mindfulness. Allowing yourself to be present in the moment, along with emotional regulation and compassion, empowers you to confront life and its challenges with increased fortitude. So why not take a moment for yourself and just breathe? You’ll thank yourself for it. 

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