Mindfulness

Learning to Improve Your Life

Shirley J. Davis

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Have you ever had that day where you feel disconnected and pulled too many directions at once? Under those circumstances, it is difficult to concentrate, and you may feel overwhelmed, anxious, and depressed.

This article will tackle a subject we have written about before mindfulness. Mindfulness is a critical concept to grasp to enhance your journey down the healing path from dissociative identity disorder.

What is Mindfulness?

One definition of mindfulness is that it is the essential human ability to be fully present and aware of who we are, where we are, and what we are doing. When practicing mindfulness, you are not reactive or overwhelmed by what is happening because you sit with your emotions and thoughts without judgment.

Mindfulness requires that you focus primarily on yourself while you spend time thinking about your thoughts and reactions to the world around you. Being mindful can help you avoid reacting automatically and enhance your cognitive awareness.

Often, mindfulness is used as a tool to enhance one’s mental health. This practice is also helpful with many mental health conditions, lessening anxiety, depression, and stress reactions, and has helped people with addictions.

Starting and Ending Your Day Mindfully

If you are like many people, morning is when you get out of bed and face a tough time because you focus on your many responsibilities throughout the day. However, there is a mindfulness practice that can help with the morning doldrums.

The first thing you do before even uncovering is to recognize and name an intention, referring to underlying motivations you may have for everything you think, do, or say. This is because when we act in unintended fashions, there is a deep disconnect between unconscious and faster impulses of the lower brain and the slower conscious parts of the brain.

By setting intentions, your brain makes connections that help to strengthen the connection between the conscious and unconscious regions of the brain.

Here are a few prompts to help you think about the activities and other people you will face throughout the day.

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Shirley J. Davis

I am an author/speaker/grant writer in the U.S. My passion is authoring information about mental health disorders, especially dissociative identity disorder..