It is always difficult to try to change our attitudes around our realities, because our realities are often so difficult to deal with. They take time to work through, particularly if we’re living with negativity.
But mindfulness helps control negativity and is one of the most important skills we will have. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing our awareness on the present moment, whilst acknowledging and accepting our thoughts and feelings without judgment.
It is the practice of us concentrating on our breathing and noticing how our body reacts in that moment. Being mindful is something you can do at any time you don’t need to be in a specific place to do it.
It also helps you learn how to detach from negative emotional thoughts, allowing you to create distance, so that you respond and react more positively around negative or difficult situations.
What we should be aiming for is to observe our thoughts with little, or no reaction. Although it’s not easy in the beginning, when mindfulness happens, we can create a more neutral situation for ourselves, so that we’re not honing-in on negativity as much.
Being mindful has many different positive benefits too. It helps reduce daily stress, depression and helps improve immunity.