How Mindfulness Helps Reactivity

Published on October 13th, 2015

Updated on January 3rd, 2024

How Mindfulness Helps Reactivity

Practicing mindfulness has become so a popular form of self-care. This is because mindlessness practices help people cope with different types of life stressors. Life can get overwhelming sometimes, which can cause us to get lost in the moment. Common experiences of losing touch with the here and now include:

If not careful, we can spend our time lost in past experiences or anticipating future events. We are forever preoccupied. Mindfulness is applicable in a variety of scenarios. When we are practicing mindfulness we become more aware. With boosted awareness, we become better listeners, drivers, workers, parents, spouses, and friends.

Mindfulness practices help relieve feelings of sadness, anxiety, and worry.

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Note: When practicing mindfulness, stay patient. Being judgmental and impatient counteracts openness and awareness.

Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness. Mindfulness experts acknowledge the “wisdom of the present.” That is, no future event or memory deserves as much attention as the moment at hand.

Mindful Breathing

A popular mindfulness practice is mindful breathing. Mindful breathing is easy and can help with boosting focus and awareness of the present moment. Follow these steps to practice mindful breathing:

An exercise like this seems so simple- and it is! It’s just breathing, but also tremendously grounding. It is exercises like that that can help you calm down when faced with stress.

Example: Use deep breathing before an important presentation or conversation, or before you walk into your home after a long, hard day at work.

Body Scan Meditation

There are several variations of a body scan, and for good reason- it is deeply grounding. Practice the following steps to take yourself through a body scan meditation:

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Mindfulness Exercise: Letting Go of Your Thoughts

Letting go of thoughts is intended for folks who struggle with worry and anxiety. Worry lives in “what if” thoughts and active imaginations. This practice reminds us that thoughts are just thoughts! There is nothing truer than the present moment, so let go of the temptation to live in future anxieties. There’s nothing worthwhile there!

As is the case with most exercises, Mindfulness takes practice. Take your time while exploring mindfulness exercises. If you struggle at times, that’s okay! Keep focus on your intention and allow yourself time and patience as you build your mindfulness skills.

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