Why you should pay attention to mindfulness

Melissa Shedden
May 1, 2016

Unlike seaweed popcorn and Zumba, mindfulness is a trend you need to care about.

Thanks to our human love of alliteration and a Melbourne psychologist’s charity campaign asking stressed and distracted people the world over to pause for a cause – May is mindfulness month.

That means taking the time to be aware of what you’re doing, and how you’re doing it, AKA, being in the moment. Yes, those joy-filled kids and animals you see in those Facebook memes, are onto something.

 

SCIENCE SAYS

You’ve likely heard it before, but here we go: research published in the JAMA Internal Medicine has shown that people who meditate tend to have lower levels of depression and anxiety. Meditation can even reduce your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Handy.

In fact, Harvard researchers found mindfulness may also help you get better quality sleep, while a study published in Psychological Science reckons you may become a more compassionate person. Practice mindfulness? Cue life changed.

And 20 minutes really is the magic number to get the long list of benefits. “Yes it is, however you can meditate for 10 or 15 mins and get great benefits. Any less and than 10 mins and the effect on the nervous system isn't so significant to cause lasting change,” explains Swisse Wellness and 1Giant Mind meditation expert Jonni Pollard.

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FIND YOUR MINDFULNESS MOJO

Of course you want to be mindful. But you don’t really know how, right?

That’s why for the month of May we’re asking you to show us what your version of mindfulness looks like #SwisseMindfulness

Whether it’s zoning out in a sudsy haze while washing the dishes (yes, some experts say this is possible), getting bendy in yoga, or meditation in action like running, post your pics and use the hashtag #SwisseMindfulness so we can all get some more pointers on reaching our bliss.

In the meantime, we turned to Pollard for his three pointers to get you feeling healthier and happier, stat.

  1. “Remember that meditation is a journey not a destination.”
  2. “Sometimes meditation can be ungratifying and we can make the mistake of thinking we are doing something wrong. Its always best to gauge the benefits of the practice by how you feel after with your eyes open than when you are actually meditating.”
  3. “We meditate for an improved eyes open experience not so much the eyes closed experience.”

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