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You might have heard the term ‘mindfulness meditation’ mentioned a lot more recently as we try to come to terms with the ‘new normal’. But what exactly is mindfulness meditation and what are its benefits? One of our psychologists, Kyla help to explain what mindfulness meditation is along with some tips on how to practise it.

What is mindfulness meditation?

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of being present without judgment towards one’s self and the world. It provides an opportunity to observe thoughts, emotions and physical experiences with curiosity and compassion.

What are the benefits of mindfulness meditation?

Research tells us that there is a wide range of benefits of mindfulness meditation which can include:

  • Improving your inner sense of wellness and life satisfaction
  • Reducing anxiety and depressive symptoms
  • Long term mindfulness meditation practice has been found to improve resiliency to stress
  • Assisting with the development of new neural pathways in the brain and increase grey matter
  • Improved attention, work productivity and efficiency

As part of a treatment plan and in conjunction with your health practitioner, mindfulness is a strategy, which along with other interventions, can help manage depression, anxiety, chronic pain, addiction recovery and relapse prevention and eating disorders.

How do I get comfortable and in the right headspace to practise mindful meditation?

  1. Reserve time in your day to practice your guided meditation. Some people prefer to complete their meditation in the morning others prefer it as part of their lunch break.
  2. Once you have made time, thank yourself for providing the opportunity to practice.
  3. Remove distractions that might take us away from the experience. This may involve turning the TV or radio off or closing the door to minimise people or pets walking in.
  4. Once you have reduced possible distractions, try to ensure you are comfortable. You might try to wiggle or shake your body before asking it to sit in stillness for the guided meditation practice.
  5. Try to sit in an upright, open and relaxed body position. Once you feel comfortable, commence your guided mindfulness session.

What are dome apps I can use to practise mindfulness meditation?

There are lots of apps and resources available. Some of our favourite suggestions are: