March 8, 2022

Mindfulness: A Quick Guide


Mindfulness. The word is used in so many different ways today that it's sometimes hard to determine what it means exactly. Some people use mindfulness to refer to a greater awareness of the world around them, others say they practice mindfulness when they are more aware of their mindset throughout the day. Traditional mindfulness, however refers to a kind of meditation which has recently become a helpful part of modern therapy.  

Instead of thinking about your emotions, mindfulness practice involves using your emotions to guide your thoughts. Pay attention to how particular thoughts make you feel emotionally and physically. To do this, it's best if you first spend some time focusing whether on an object in front of you or your own breathing. Let your thoughts come and go. Don't focus on any particular thoughts or elaborate on them. Instead, if a thought causes fear or unpleasant bodily or emotional feelings, label it.  

These kinds of techniques are difficult to master and require practice, but they can have a huge impact on your ability to focus and your overall wellbeing. Starting next week, homework hotspot will be posting weekly tips for Mindfulness Mondays so make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook!

Samuel is a Homework Hotspot intern at Thaddeus. He's a third year cognitive science major who loves baking and exploring the outdoors.