LaToya Gay is a health and wellness fanatic who enjoys blogging about her experiences. She's a member of the eHealth Informer team where she writes about a variety of health and wellness topics. In today’s guest blog post, she explores the connection between mindfulness and wellness.
Mindfulness and wellness are intimately linked. If we're having negative thoughts we may find ourselves entering into a bad mood. Our subsequent actions will then reinforce this negative mindset. It's a vicious cycle. When we become mindful of our thoughts and actions, however, we make a conscious shift into living a wellness-oriented life. Mindfulness positively impacts our health for many reasons. Let’s take a closer look at those factors that showcase why mindfulness is an important part of wellness.
It weeds out negativity. If you want to lead a more balanced and wellness-focused lifestyle, you have to try your best to weed out as much negativity as possible. Since everything we do begins with a thought, it makes sense to become mindful of our thought patterns and processes. Mindfulness teaches us to "observe" our thoughts, instead of simply engaging in a particular behavior motivated by these thoughts. Using this natural approach, we can choose which thoughts we wish to entertain and which we'll allow to pass by us.
If we bypass negative thoughts our actions will no longer reflect that type of mind state, and our results will not reinforce our bad mood. Since stress is known to weaken the immune system and leaves us more prone to illness, weeding out negativity can have a big impact on our overall health.
It helps you achieve your goals. If you are training yourself to become more aware of your actions and thoughts, you will be able to better align them with your goals and desires. For example, if your goal is to lose weight , it's important to have a mindful awareness of what's healthy and appropriate for your goals to help you make better choices when food shopping. This can prevent you from buying unhealthy foods out of habit.
Being more mindful will help you take actions that put you on the path to achieving your goals. You'll start to notice how certain behaviors have been ruling your actions without you even noticing. However when you become better in tuned to these thoughts, you can change them to form healthier courses of action to achieve your wellness goals.
It helps you become more compassionate. Mindfulness heightens our awareness of our own thoughts and actions, so we may find it harder to be negative to others. This makes it difficult for us to be consciously rude to someone. When practicing mindfulness, we find that we become more compassionate beings with more patience and understanding for others’ challenges. Essentially leading a more mindful lifestyle can help you develop healthier, more nurturing relationships, which will go a long way toward improving overall wellness.
Mindfulness contributes to wellness in many ways, and can enhance our overall wellbeing. If you’re feeling stagnant in achieving your wellness goals, try embracing this concept of mindfulness and see how much easier everything becomes.