Mindfulness has been an integral part of various religious and spiritual practices for centuries. The earliest practices of Hinduism, a religion whose traditions include mindfulness, began more than 4,000 years ago. With mindfulness having been practiced for so long, which is it only recently becoming so popular in Western society?
More research is surfacing about the mental and physical health benefits of practicing mindfulness in your everyday life. Some benefits include being less likely to be worried about the future or feel regrets about the past, less stress, lower blood pressure, improved sleep, less depression, and improved anxiety.
What Mindfulness Looks Like
Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which a person focuses on being aware of their senses and feelings in the moment. Mindfulness centers around acceptance, whether it be accepting how we’re feeling or accepting our past. Practicing mindfulness allows us to nurture our minds and bodies.
Light Therapy and Mindfulness
While it’s not possible to practice every mindful technique during light therapy sessions, focusing on your five senses during a light therapy session can improve its mental health benefits. Since the typical light therapy session is 30 minutes a day, knocking out two things at once that can help your mental health can never be a bad idea!
What are some ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine? We’d love to hear them!