Why Do People Practice Mindfulness?
The truth is, people who practice mindfulness come to it for different reasons. Here are 5 reasons people choose to add a mindfulness practice to their wellbeing toolkit.
- Reducing negative self-talk. When facing a problem, how do you talk to yourself? Would you speak that way to your best friend? Mindfulness helps us notice how the voice in our head treats us. This ability to notice can help us change our habits.
- Combating burnout. Burnout creeps up on you, until giving up feels like your only option. Whether it’s job-related, a relationship issue, or a caregiving situation, burnout makes us feel disconnected and helpless. Mindfulness practices can help us recognize the difference between a bad day and burnout, an important first step.
- Procrastinating less. 1 in 5 people are chronic procrastinators. Because our brains favor instant gratification, we place importance on doing the things that will instantly make us feel better. Mindfulness practices allow us to observe how our mind works, and over time we better understand our reasons for putting things off. This understanding is a first step toward lasting change.
- Moving past social anxiety. Practicing mindfulness through meditation can help us begin to observe our thoughts and feelings without taking action or judging what comes up. For people who have anxiety in social situations, this practice can help strengthen the ability to handle negative emotion, improve self-concept, and offer more self-compassion.
- Finding more presence. One of the kindest things you can do for yourself and others is practicing being present. Presence helps us engage fully with life and opens our minds to what’s possible. It helps us experience joy, even in simple matters.
Shyft has weekly classes and workshops that help you practice mindfulness while connecting with a supportive, like-minded community. We’d love for you to join us.