How to start using mindfulness against stress?

We live in a fast-paced society, which has acquired its own rhythm, which is always in a hurry, which always has something to do. Today, “not to do” means not to be productive, not to be up to date, not to take advantage of the time, in short “not to be”.

The feeling that this lifestyle produces is that of having to be continually busy, connected; keeps us alert, a mechanism linked to stress responses.

However, it is true that stress is necessary for the survival of the speciesBut in the long run, when stress persists over time, high levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) have adverse health effects.

Therefore, stress is undoubtedly one of the great problems of society and affects more and more people at certain periods of life. And the consequences are clear, more and more people are suffering from illnesses such as depression, anxiety and psychosomatic illnesses, all of which are associated with high levels of stress.

The keys to mindfulness as a tool against stress

But … What underlies the activation of stress mechanisms? Closely related to stress is our ability to recognize and manage our mental activity.

Our mind is in constant dialogue, ruminates, looks to the past and anticipates the future, plans, etc. Therefore, it is important that we learn to recognize what thoughts come to our mind and what feelings are associated with those thoughts.

In this perspective, he works on the philosophy of mindfulness, Which is based on learning to become aware, to focus our attention on what we want and thus enjoy a full experience, without being absorbed in other thoughts.

In recent years, mindfulness has been installed in our lives as a formula for learning to take full advantage of life. But … where did this idea come from?

Foundations in a thousand-year-old tradition

Mindfulness is a word of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a term used to translate the word “pali sati” denoting awareness, attention, memory. This full attention is combined with meditation techniques linked to the Buddhist tradition.

We can say that mindfulness is a quality of the mind, or an ability to be aware in the present moment. The practice of mindfulness invites us to value life from a new perspective, that of seeing clearly what is happening in the “here and now”.

John Kabat-Zinn provides a definition of Mindfulness which characterizes him as “intentionally paying attention at this time, without judging”.

The practice of mindfulness achieves very good results in the field of psychiatry and clinical psychology. And no wonder, because the benefits can become noticeable from the first practice.

How to start practicing?

To start practicing Mindfulness, we can do it with informal meditations. then move on to formal practice. Informal meditation is what we perform when we are giving our full attention to certain automatic activities, that is, we are performing without realizing it or as is often said with “autopilot” already.

These are activities that are generally neither pleasant nor unpleasant and which we have transformed into habits: taking a shower, walking from side to side, brushing your teeth, driving, locking the door before leaving …

The proposal for informal mindfulness practice is that we choose an activity or habit that we usually do automatically and do it mindfully. To perform formal practices or meditations, it is necessary to have an adequate place and time, as mindfulness is a quality of the mind, but it requires training and for this daily practice is necessary.

A mindfulness training proposal

For those who wish to embark on the practice of Mindfulness, or deepen the full experience, at the TAP Center, of our commitment to support and create spaces for personal growth, we use these techniques in addition to our therapeutic work obtain very good results in the short, medium and long term.

Outraged, we offer mindfulness training workshops for all those interested in knowing and deepening the practice of this discipline. Learning to fully and consciously enjoy life is in your hands. Join

Author: Isabel Rodero López, Pedagogue, no. collar. 01678.

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