Reducing Stress with Mindfulness

As Mindfulness improves emotional regulation the symptoms of stress can be alleviated which in turn leads to a general better mood that also helps combat stressful situations and periods in your life.

Many studies from hundreds of universities is showing that mindfulness not only reduces stress it also helps prepare you so you cope better during stressful times in your life helping you remain happier. As mindfulness makes you more aware of your thoughts you are less likely to take them as literally. Being mindful helps you control your reactions which helps reduce the stress that these can trigger too.

Part of becoming mindful is an increase in emotional intelligence which will help you better understand other people’s emotions and feelings which in turn should reduce conflicts with others and the negative effects on well-being that that includes. Being mindful also includes showing yourself and others compassion which will mean you will be less critical and judgemental generally which will reduce your reactions to situations and the stress that potentially comes with them.

Mindfulness also offers you a way to focus on stressful and depressive thoughts in a different way so that you can observe instead of just feel them. With a greater understanding of how your own thought patterns are  affecting your general state of mind comes an improved well-being, thus improved state of mind.

NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU
STRESS OR OBSESS ABOUT
THE PAST OR FUTURE,
YOU CAN’T CHANGE EITHER ONE.
IN THE PRESENT IS WHERE THE
POWER LIES.
BUDDHA

Reducing Symptoms of Stress

While being mindful and more attentive you are more aware of your body as well as your mind which helps detect symptoms that are causes and/or contributing factors of depression a lot earlier so they can be treated or addressed sooner reducing their depressive effects.

Simply being mindful reduces activity in the part of the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is responsible for producing your stress responses and being mindful effectively reduces your background stress levels.

Reduced Workplace Stress

Studies are not starting to show that Mindfulness Stress Reduction Training in the workplace is having a positive effect. Participants have reported lower perception of stress, improved emotional and physical health, better sleep and improved self-compassion. Participants are also showing reduced levels of the stress related hormone cortisol in their blood. They have also shown reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure indicating that they felt less stressed physically and mentally.

This is an area of mindfulness study that is likely to explode over the next few years as businesses start to realise that they can potentially help their employees improve their quality of life overall as well as their productivity at work.

John Burley

John Burley lives in Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and is the author of Mindfulness for the Mindless due for publication on 2nd April 2018. He is also the director of a software development company producing software solutions to mainly the gaming industry. He blogs about mindfulness at www.amindfulway.blog which has a growing following both on the blog itself, the accompanying Android app and on social media too.

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