More PsychNotes: Mindfulness and Relaxation Methods
May You Have a Mindful New Year!
by Monica A. Frank, PhD
Truly, mindfulness is the only resolution any of us need to make because mindfulness is associated with so many benefits.
Mindfulness reduces stress, depression, anxiety and contributes to overall health.
When we eat mindfully (at a table savoring every bite) we are likely to lose weight.
When we are mindful we are less impulsive so we are more in control of spending, eating, drinking behaviors.
Mindfulness improves relationships because we are more attentive and aware of others.
Mindfulness helps us be more productive.
It even helps us enjoy our leisure activities more. Are there any resolutions I've missed?
And the wonderful thing about mindfulness is that it can be easy to practice and it is all about the process. There is not a point when you are perfectly mindful. Instead, it is about increasing your mindful awareness. Any increase in mindfulness provides benefits to your life.
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