Research reveals that mindfulness may reduce anxiety, manage pain, boost immune system, soothe insomnia…etc. Lead to overall improvements in well-being, learning and constant practice to focus your attention on the present moment can benefit not only your attention span but also your health.
What is Minfulness
It is about training the mind to focus on the present moment without judgement. The mind will naturally wander and the awareness of it is a great start. Mindfulness practices bring upon concentration by focusing usually on the breath, to observe the thoughts, sensations, emotions. Drifting to the past or future and slowly bring it to the present is a gift of the practice.
How practicing mindfulness can help someone improve in concentration, happiness, well-being according to Dr Benson, Harvard Medical School professor is the relaxation response versus the stress reaction, which is associated with accelerated aging and increase in inflammation throughout the body. Other research has shown that the approach of relaxation response can change the brain activity that will increase positive emotions.
Stress related health issues might be mitigated with mindfulness mediation as it effectively reduces the negative components of psychological stress. Another study on the brain activity on both mindfulness meditators and non-meditators found increase in both positive emotions and antibody response in the former, which leads to improved immune system function. A research review suggests that mindfulness may mitigate cognitive decline, alluding to the effects on attention, focusing, processing, lessen mental and emotional stress.