3 Ways Mindfulness Can Bust Your Stress Today
Between work obligations, family commitments, and trying to squeeze in time for hobbies, our lives are often full of stress.
We’re constantly hustling to get from one place to the next and often fall into bed at the end of the day worrying about what we need to do tomorrow.
It can feel hard to take a moment, pause, and observe our lives as they pass around us – but practicing mindfulness can help.
Here at KMA Therapy, we know how stressful your busy life can be. For over 14 years, we’ve helped our clients become more mindful, find ways to manage their stress, and feel more fulfilled in their lives.
After reading this article, you’ll know what mindfulness involves, how it can help you reduce stress, and three ways mindfulness can bust your stress for good.
What Does Mindfulness Look Like?
Mindfulness involves becoming fully aware of your mind, body, and emotions without judging them.
Mindfulness has three key components:
- An intention to grow your awareness of yourself and your surroundings
- Paying attention to what’s happening around you in the present moment
- A non-judgmental attitude and a sense of curiosity
People often cultivate mindfulness by meditating or doing breathing exercises – but these can be difficult to do when you’re already stressed out.
However, when you’re able to commit to mindfulness, it can have tremendous benefits for reducing stress.
How Does Mindfulness Help Stress?
Mindfulness is an excellent stress-buster because it taps into physical and mental stress, helping you relax completely.
Mindfulness can reduce stress by helping you:
- Improve your focus
- Be less reactive to stressful situations
- Better understand your physical and emotional needs
- Find solutions to your problems instead of getting stuck in a stress-spiral
Now that you know the benefits of mindfulness, here are three ways to try out mindfulness without the pressure of doing it on your own.
3 Ways You Can Become More Mindful
1. Listen to Guided Meditations
From Calm to Headspace, there are countless meditation apps to download that have
If you don’t feel like paying for an app, YouTube has a ton of free and effective mindfulness meditations.
If you have trouble focusing when you’re just sitting, you can also listen to these meditations when you’re out on a walk (but don’t listen to them when you need to do something that requires focus – like driving!)
2. Take a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is a dynamic eight-week course designed to help you reduce stress and anxiety, boost your mood, and enhance your resilience.
Taking a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course could be a great choice for you if you’re dealing with high stress levels and want a structured way to learn about improving your overall well-being.
3. Work With a Therapist
Working with a therapist is a great way to increase your mindfulness and get a customized action plan based on the specific issues you’re facing.
Your therapist will create a trusting environment where you feel safe to express your thoughts and worries – and can guide you firsthand through mindfulness exercises chosen specifically for you.
Next Steps for Busting Stress with Mindfulness
After reading this article, you understand the benefits of mindfulness for reducing stress and three helpful ways to try mindfulness today.
Here at KMA Therapy, our experienced team of therapists is here to guide you through your mindfulness journey. For over 14 years, we’ve been helping our clients figure out the best techniques and routines to reduce the stress in their busy lives.
If you’re not yet ready to book an appointment, check out these articles to learn more:
- If you’re feeling stressed at work, read: Why Burnout is More Than Stress – and How to Fix It
- To learn more about mindfulness, read: What Mindfulness – and How Can it Improve Your Well-being?
- If you find yourself being critical of your stress, read: What is Self-Compassion? (And 5 Ways You Can Build It)