Use mind­ful­ness to help get you through the tough times

Gloucestershire Echo - - HEALTH & LIFESTYLE - WITH DR ELLIE MILBY

MIND­FUL­NESS CAN HELP IM­PROVE PER­FOR­MANCE

THERE is a lot of re­search that mind­ful­ness can im­prove per­for­mance at school, in work and in ar­eas of per­sonal growth.

Stud­ies have shown that stu­dents who prac­tise mind­ful­ness achieve bet­ter grades than those who don’t.

Other stud­ies have shown that it can im­prove at­ten­tion, fo­cus and em­pa­thy of em­ploy­ees in the work­place and fur­ther re­search has shown mind­ful­ness can aid peo­ple in achiev­ing their weight loss goals.

MIND­FUL­NESS CAN HELP YOU TO MAN­AGE YOUR EMO­TIONS

MIND­FUL­NESS can help us to un­der­stand how dif­fer­ent emo­tions such as guilt, sad­ness and anger show up in our bod­ies, how they af­fect how we think and what we do.

By be­ing mindful of our emo­tions we can learn to ac­cept our emo­tions for what they are, with­out cling­ing to them or push­ing them away, ul­ti­mately en­abling us to gain more con­trol over our emo­tional re­sponses.

What’s more, re­cent stud­ies are start­ing to show how prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness ac­tu­ally changes the struc­ture of the brain, sug­gest­ing that the ben­e­fits could be long term. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness and ideas on how to in­cor­po­rate mind­ful­ness into your daily rou­tine visit ev­ery­day-mind­ful­ness.org

Dr Ellie Milby is a coun­selling psy­chol­o­gist

Take time to stop and be present in the mo­ment

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