Shifting your attention to whatever is happening in the now, or mindfulness can be trained using methods such as meditation. It is used by Buddhists to increase wisdom and knowledge of the self, leading to freedom from suffering or enlightenment.
According to many studies, worrying and rumination are important factors in triggering anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses. Interventions using mindfulness reduce both of them significantly.
Beginning in the 1970s, clinical psychiatry and psychology created several applications using mindfulness in therapy to aid in the recovery of people with various psychological problems. It’s used to treat addictions, as well as to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. Mindfulness has also proved useful in dealing with psychosis and has potential as a strategy to prevent the appearance of mental health issues.
Mindfulness’ mental and physical benefits have been recorded in healthy children and adults using clinical studies. Hospitals, prisons, schools, veterans’ centers, etc. have adopted programs based on mindfulness.
These programs have also been used for managing weight, for special needs children, for healthy aging, improving athletic performance, prenatal period interventions, etc. However, it was also noted that better quality studies are needed for this subject, like more randomized research, larger samples sizes and more details regarding the methodology.
Nonetheless, if you want to feel the effects of mindfulness for yourself, you can easily do it by repeating a simple exercise.