Simply put, this is the act of paying close attention to your thoughts, feelings and sensations as they’re happening. This is sometimes called being present in the moment. When your thoughts drift away from being “present,” just notice it and gently redirect your attention back without being critical of yourself. According to research, regular practice of mindfulness – even for short periods – provides a variety of health benefits, such as improving your focus, decreasing anxiety, reducing depression and boosting your immune system.
Mindfulness works because it helps buffer us from the habitual patterns of thought that often center on past worries or anxieties about the future. With practice, you’ll gradually gain more control over your thoughts and progress towards a healthier, more positive outlook.
You can practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere, such as during a daily activity like teeth brushing or while taking a walk or even while waiting in line. Just focus your attention on one or more aspects of that particular moment. It could be your surrounding sounds or the sensations of your breathing. When your attention wanders, just return your attention to your focal point.