Being a caregiver can be stressful at times. Here are some tips on how to be mindful to reduce stress levels and boost your mental wellbeing.
Have you ever driven your car to a particular destination and arrived at the venue only to realise that you have no recollection of your journey at all? This state is often referred to as “mindlessness” or “autopilot”.
At the opposite end of the spectrum lies the state of mindfulness. When you are being mindful, it means you are in a state of “total awareness”, and you are able to pay close attention to the present moment.
You are specifically paying attention to the activities you are doing, such as reading a book, brushing your teeth, riding a bike, or even when having a meal. Mindfulness also means observing your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging whether they are good or bad.
When you are practising mindfulness, you will be able to experience a moment-to-moment awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and sensations.
Instead of just letting life pass you by, through mindfulness, you will become more awake to your daily experience and live in the moment.
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Practising mindfulness can reduce stress, feelings of anxiety and depression, and improve one's overall mental wellbeing:
Practising mindfulness can help you achieve a relaxed body and mind:
Mindfulness is NOT a religious practice. You do not have to practise any religion, adopt a faith, or give up your religious faith, to enjoy the benefits of mindfulness in your daily life.
This article was first published on NEXTSTEP Magazine, Year 2016, Issue 3. "AIC With You" is the new quarterly magazine on Community Care by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).
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