So you have checked your Facebook feed, snap chatted with your friends, instagrammed what you are eating right now and connected to everyone through the ether. Then why do you feel so disconnected and anxious about not getting a ‘like’ on your status or post?
Now breathe in slowly and now breathe out.
Why should I? I hear you ask.
Recent studies show the benefits of just taking a moment and focusing on your breathing can improve any of the following;
- Lower stress
- Improve exam results
- Shorten migraines
- Protect your heart
And that is just for starters.
Mindfulness is defined by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as ’Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose and in the present moment.’
In my 121 tutoring with students and professionals alike, I share the benefits of Mindfulness at the end of our session. We slow everything down, focus on the in and out breath and start to really ‘See’, ‘Hear’ and ‘Feel’ what is going on. The key here is about being present, distancing yourself from the chaos, to just be.
The trial results carried out with children in the classroom over a four-month period, recorded astonishing results and can be seen in the journal Developmental Psychology.
The children in the Mindfulness studies out performed their peers. The results, I think, speak for themselves;
- 15% Higher math’s grades
- 24% Rise in positive behaviour
- 20% Increase in sociability
- 24% Decrease in aggressive behaviour
The other areas of noticeable changes in the students were: improved cognitive control, lower stress levels, emotional stability, students feeling more optimistic and increased empathy towards others. This also had a ripple effect across the teaching staff as well as at home.
Google and Apple are amongst the progressive companies that employ Mindfulness techniques. It has been proved to increase decision-making skills, creativity and exam performance.
Being mindful clearly has so many wonderful benefits, so why not take some time and just ‘be’ in the moment, you will notice the difference, I promise.
Link to trial data http://psycnet.apa.org/?&fa=main.doiLanding&doi=10.1037/a0038454