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How Mindfulness Can Help in Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Many people associate mindfulness with meditation. While that is partially correct, it goes much deeper into a person’s state of being. It is also how they perceive their place amidst their surroundings.

How Mindfulness Can Help in Reducing Stress and Anxiety

What Is Being in the State of Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the state of being present in the moment. It’s the ability to intentionally focus on the “here and now.” To be mindful, you must do the following:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, including the small details like background noise and smells.
  • Focus on the present moment without bringing past events or future possibilities into the picture.
  • Make a conscious note to accept your feelings and thoughts without judgment or reservation.
  • Observe what is around you and take note of the constant changes that are occurring in your environment.

When you begin to process emotions, feelings, and thoughts as they occur, you are less likely to become frustrated and angry at others who try your patience.

What Are the Benefits of Mindfulness?

Maintaining a state of mindfulness can accomplish several things within the human body. Some of them include:

  • Being present in the moment allows you to collect and process thoughts and feelings as they occur.
  • It not only helps to improve your mood but also improves brain function by providing clarity and focus.
  • The easier it is to work through your feelings as they occur, the easier it is for you to address stressful situations peacefully and healthily.
  • An improvement in mood and a reduction in your stress levels result in a healthier mind and body.
  • Pain is dramatically reduced, and your immune system functions more efficiently.

How Can You Achieve a State of Mindfulness?

Achieving a state of mindfulness is something that you can include in your daily routine. Here are some ways to practice mindfulness:

  • Take a few deep breaths or spend a few minutes using guided imagery to help your mind become accustomed to focusing on the moment.
  • Focus your attention on one part of your body at a time and try to notice any physical sensation without reacting to it.
  • Be aware of what you eat and how it makes you feel.
  • Think positive thoughts and focus on trying to find the best possible outcome for each situation. It can take time to calm your mind.

Spending a few moments each day being mindful of yourself and your environment will help you in reducing stress and anxiety and achieving a state of balance and harmony, both at home and at work.

Gina Nguyen, MD

Dr. Nguyen is a medical director at Family Care Center Costa Mesa. She has implemented standards of care for underserved population and helped the clinic achieve NCQA (National Committee of Quality Assurance) Level 2 recognition and FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Care Center) status. Now, her focus is on providing the highest quality care to patients and improving lifestyle choices to reduce or eliminate health problems.

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Dr. Nguyen is a medical director at Family Care Center Costa Mesa. She has implemented standards of care for underserved population and helped the clinic achieve NCQA (National Committee of Quality Assurance) Level 2 recognition and FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Care Center) status. Now, her focus is on providing the highest quality care to patients and improving lifestyle choices to reduce or eliminate health problems.
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