The modern world can be an overwhelmingly busy place. From hectic city sprawls to constant notifications and content interactions online, there’s an endless parade of stimuli flashing before our eyes.
Much of this is positive. The connectivity of the internet and modern technology allows us to stay in touch and share our lives with ease.
But there’s a flip side to this phenomenon. These days, there’s so much going on that we can find ourselves unable to think clearly and stay in the present moment.
Many of us don’t even notice. We grow so used to the hustle and bustle that we don’t realize the way our minds flit between our racing thoughts.
It doesn’t have to be like this though, and in fact, there are some very strong reasons to prioritize mindfulness in our daily lives.
This article is here to help. Today we’ll be exploring three ways being more mindful can help you live a better, more fulfilling life.
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Mindfulness Helps You Connect
The first major benefit of being more mindful is that it helps you build stronger connections with the people in your life.
When we find ourselves overwhelmed or overstimulated, we often have trouble staying present with what’s right before us. This is true of our people as much as of events.
Being distracted when speaking or sharing an experience with someone has a few negative effects on your relationship.
For one, the person will almost certainly notice. When someone is telling you about the details of their life, they’ll pick up on your engagement based on your responses.
If you struggle to follow along with what they’re saying, you’re going to give them the impression that you don’t care about them. This directly degrades your relationship by creating distance between you and the person you’re spending time with.
The second way not being mindful degrades your interpersonal relationships is by keeping you from fully experiencing them.
All of the joy and intimacy of your relationships slips away if you’re not present. If you’re thinking about work or constantly being distracted by your phone, you don’t get to experience the full meaningfulness of your relationships with other people.
Being mindful helps you avoid both of these pitfalls. You stay present with the person you’re with, making them feel seen and understood. This in turn builds a stronger bond between you.
You’ll also be there to experience the relationship yourself, ensuring you feel the important social connection you need to live a full life.
Mindfulness Reduces Stress
Mindfulness isn’t just great for connection. It’s also a fantastic way to reduce your stress levels.
Much of the stress of the modern world comes from trying to mentally juggle too much at once. When you’re not present, it’s easy to get caught up in the endless to-do list. This makes it feel like there’s too much to do and not enough time.
Naturally, the result is increased stress levels.
Mindfulness remedies this situation by helping you break down your work into manageable pieces. You’re able to focus on the task at hand without worrying about what you have to do next.
Not only does this keep you from getting overwhelmed by the future, but it also enables you to make progress, as you aren’t having to fight through the inertia of not knowing where to start.
Which brings us to the third benefit of mindfulness.
Mindfulness Makes You More Effective at Work
Mindfulness at work has been shown to have a number of positive effects on both performance and subjective well-being.
As mentioned above, mindfulness can help you be more productive. Rather than feeling paralyzed by a massive workload, mindfulness lets you focus on one thing at a time.
This keeps you progressing through your daily tasks, helping you get more done in less time.
Mindfulness also helps you avoid burning out. Because mindfulness helps you reduce you won’t wind up exhausted from working yourself to death.
Over time, this means you’ll need fewer breaks from your work, all while feeling happier and more fulfilled in the process.
It’s no wonder so many people are emphasizing mindfulness. It is one of the most powerful tools for maintaining a positive work-life balance and fully experiencing all that life has to offer.
If you’re struggling to stay mindful, incorporating small mindfulness exercises throughout your day can be a great way to stay present. Simple things like focusing on your breathing can help train your mind to stay grounded in the present moment, making you feel happier and keeping you from getting overwhelmed at work.
By Bradon Matthews