Mind Full or Mindful?
Bring mindfulness into everyday life – into your relationships, your thoughts and your actions – trying not to harm yourselves or others but rather bringing a caring and compassionate attitude to all your interactions.
Mindfulness has been practised for many thousands of years in the East, through traditions like meditation, yoga, martial arts and tai chi. More recently embraced by Western science and psychology, mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to present moment experiences with openness, curiosity and a willingness to be with what is.
When we’re able to do this we stand to benefit both physically and psychologically. As well as reducing stress, anxiety and depression, scientific studies show that mindfulness is associated with improved immune functioning, lowered blood pressure, reduced chronic pain, muscle tension and headache, plus lowered cholesterol and blood cortisol levels.
Resilience means being able to adapt to life's misfortunes and setbacks.
When something goes wrong, do you tend to bounce back or fall apart?
When you have resilience, you harness inner strength that helps you rebound from a setback or challenge, such as a job loss, an illness, a disaster or the death of a loved one. If you lack resilience, you might dwell on problems, feel victimized, become overwhelmed or turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as substance abuse.
Resilience is the ability to roll with the punches. You still experience anger, grief and pain, when stress, adversity or trauma strikes, but you're able to keep functioning — both physically and psychologically. Resilience isn't about toughing it out, being stoic or going it alone. The ability to reach out to others for support is most important. Resilience won't make your problems go away — but it can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress.
Everyone faces challenges in their lives. Regardless of age, sex or social status, everyone experiences adversity. Some issues are financial, some are personal and some are professional.
With guidance, time and practice you can improve your resiliency and mental wellbeing - you can develop skills to become more resilient.
Our 21st century society makes much of virtual reality- social networking via Facebook or twitter- and so personal contact is diminishing. Less and less do we interact with our neighbours, or regularly shop locally so that we know our shopkeepers by name.
Busy lives means fewer of us are involved with our children’s, or grandchildren’s, kinder or school and committees are lacking willing volunteers to keep things running and organise events. Everyone needs connection and significance.
This is equally as valid in family and partner relationships as it is in business and our relationships with colleagues. That need for connection is represented by the human desire to communicate with, relate to and receive love from those around us.
With mindfulness and resilience - Commit to being the very best you can be in your personal life amongst family and friends and amongst peers throughout the working day in your professional world.