There have been several articles in the news, recently, that talk about the significant increase in then number of people who have acute stress or anxiety. Apparently, doctors are turning towards other methods of treatment to avoid people becoming addicted to medication.
Stress is a lifestyle affliction. A small amount of stress is good for us, as it keeps us motivated but too much can cause serious health problems, if left untreated. One of the main causes of stress is a tendency to take on too much. The person feels they can’t cope and they tend to worry about the future and what might happen if they aren’t able to do all of the things they feel obligated to do.
Mindfulness Doctors have turned to mindfulness training as a way to combat stress. Buddhists have known this secret, for years. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that focuses on the present moment. Buddhists believe that the past has gone and there is nothing you can do to change it, so why waste time thinking about it. The future isn’t here yet and, when it does arrive, it becomes the present, so there is no point in thinking about the future, either. They believe that the present is the only time that is important and it is where changes can be made that will lead to a better future.
How do I practice Mindfulness? Mindfulness can be done like normal meditation where you find a quiet place to relax and you try to let all thoughts that enter your head, float away so that you learn to calm your mind. While you are doing this, you can focus on your breathing, or you might want to stare at a candle as this keeps you focused on the present moment.
Buddhists also suggest you can practice mindfulness in everything you do. If you are making a cup of tea, for instance, really concentrate on each aspect of the task and do each action slowly. Try not to rush through your daily activities and limit yourself to doing only one or two things at the same time. Multi-tasking should be avoided as it leads to sloppiness and stress.
Making the Most of Every Moment When you live for today, it is important to make time for those things, and people, who are important to you. Try to do something you enjoy each and every day because you never know when it might be your last. Schedule regular time to catch up with friends or family and let your loved ones know how much you care by not taking them for granted.
Trust the Universe Although it is sensible to save for a rainy day, make sure you don’t fall in to the trap of worrying about money. If you are too scared to spend money on a holiday because you worry you’ll lose your job, you are sending a message to the universe that you don’t trust it to send you money and you are likely to face a lack of money in the future. It is important to use the money you have now to treat yourself to a holiday, or other little treats every now and again.
Living for today is all about appreciating life and being thankful for everything you have. Do this and you won’t have to worry about the future.