Mindfulness is defined as paying attention to the here and now with a kind and curious mind. Being mindful entails being present in your body, environment, and emotions without judgement. Research shows that mindfulness-based interventions improve self-control, emotional regulation, impulse control, resilience, and compassion for self and others.
There are many ways to practice mindfulness. These activities can be short or long in length, calming or energetic, independent or part of a group, part of daily routines or in response to unique stimuli. Some common mindfulness-based interventions include mindful movement, guided meditations, body scans, artistic activities, sensory explorations, and breathing exercises.
The special thing about mindfulness is that each and every person is capable of practicing it, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, etc. People of all backgrounds benefit from finding what works best for them and developing a personal practice. Mindfulness is an innate skill we all possess, but in our hectic, demanding world, it can be difficult to be purposefully present. Creating a daily mindfulness practice or routine helps us further develop this natural skill and reap the many scientifically-proven benefits.