Mindfulness and Emotional Health
Mindfulness and Emotional Health is the eighth in a series of ten articles from the boom Women’s Emotional Wellness by Robert Hoffman
Being Mindful Benefits Your Emotional Health
There is an approach that can be learned to enhance awareness of your inner self and the environment around you, within the present moment. This methodology is called ‘Mindfulness.’
Mindfulness is a practice derived from Buddhist meditation. Mindfulness is about attention. It’s about becoming aware of the here and now. Mindfulness awakens our focus to be more careful, to take it slow, and to cherish every passing moment of our lives, directed to what is truly important and essential in our role as a child, friend, lover, and parent.
Creating a Path
Mindfulness creates a path to building and stabilizing emotional wellness. Studies of mindfulness as a practice, for everyday awareness and therapeutic healing, report that mindfulness can help a person lessen their stress levels, as well as assist in the release of destructive emotions.
Mindfulness contributes to emotional health and wellbeing. The practice can help a person to stop overwhelming thinking, and to more appropriately handle any negative feelings. This becomes possible because the process of mindfulness requires focus and attention, two of the cornerstones of self-regulation.
You’ll be happy to know that being mindful is a natural skill, that can be improved with knowledge and practice. It is already part of our natural functioning. We just need to learn how to better use it as a tool for expanding our capacity for gaining wisdom and psychological growth.
Here are simple tips to help you harness mindfulness as a tool for developing emotional health and stability in your everyday life.
Become a Good Self-Observer
When was the last time you analytically reflected on how you thought about and responded to situations? Have you ever discovered yourself in the middle of the day reflecting on your emotions and how you strongly feel under different situations from a scale of one to ten? If you haven’t given it any thought, then maybe it’s about time you start becoming a good self-observer.
Self-observation is the process of using your critical thinking abilities and reflective insight for self-mastery. Becoming a keen self-observer helps a person to develop mindfulness.
Mindfulness is developed when you become proficient in meaningfully pausing to invite intuition and understanding. Developing the skill of self-observation will enable you to focus, and give your undivided attention to essential things taking place right now.
Identify Your Thoughts and Feelings
Most of us are good at identifying certain emotions. We can name them easily — for example, anger, joy, sadness, fear, love. The process of emotional identification can help you to get used to recognize your thoughts and feelings.
By assigning a name to describe the way you think and feel, you are heightening self-awareness through emotional mindfulness. You can also decide to change your thoughts and emotions if you so desire.
Once you have identified your emotion, teach yourself to be non-judgmental of your feelings. Being non-judgmental means allowing your emotions and feelings to flow freely.
Don’t despise how you feel, do not trivialize or deny them either. Be true to yourself when you are joyful, scared, angry, or sad. It is also important to be responsible for but accepting of your feelings.
Be Involved Physically and Mentally in the Present Moment
Becoming involved in the present moment means you are consciously and voluntarily in focus of what is transpiring in your inner and outer world. This means that while you are busy performing your role as a professional, or as a parent, a spouse, or partner, you remain alert yet tranquil, anchored securely to your authentic self.
It means that you are not pinned down by unrealistic fears of the future and concerns of the past. You live your life one moment at a time, taking full control of your current predicament.
Now that you know you can practice mindfulness and get really good at it, you can use this amazing tool to mature psychologically and better care for your emotional wellbeing. Make it an everyday part of your life and start living in every moment of your life.