Use mindfulness to help get you through the tough times
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