Goodbye Stress. It was fun while it lasted.

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Goodbye stress. It was fun while it lasted.

Mindfulness seems to be talked about a lot lately. It’s gone mainstream. Maybe you’ve tried it. Maybe you’ve wanted to. Maybe you think it’s a bunch of malarkey. Whatever your take on mindfulness, there’s emerging evidence proving the impact and health benefits are substantial.

Another thing that’s talked about a lot lately? Stress. Heard of it? It’s everywhere in the form of jobs, children, the news, deadlines, appointments, bosses, traffic, smart phones. We live in a stressful time. There’s simply no denying that.

 We all have a sense of how stress shows up in our personal life. Whichever unique way you experience it, stress takes its toll. It impacts both your mind and your body. When you’re stressed, your body is in a state of hyper-arousal meaning your mind and body are both alert, adrenaline is free-flowing and you’re overcome with a need to take action and protect yourself.

 

Can being mindful ‘protect’ you?

Paying attention protects you. Being mindful and aware in the present moment helps you control the racing, repetitive, non-productive thoughts… that lead to stress. It helps you take a step back and self-regulate.

Being mindful alleviates stress by improving your emotional regulation which leads to an improved mood and an ability to better handle stress.

Instead of being stuck focused on all the things that could go wrong, in mindfulness you might consider looking at what’s playing out right now. Literally what’s in front of you right now. Instead of being immersed in self-created thoughts and worries, you might just recognise the moment for what it is and stop feeding your monkey mind.

 

Show me the proof.

There is an emerging body of evidence suggesting that mindfulness is beneficial and effective when it comes to getting rid of anxiety and stress.

Of the 17 studies, 16 demonstrated positive changes in psychological or physiological outcomes related to anxiety and/or stress.”

That comes from a review in 2014 by Sharma. The study was specifically focused on the  impact of mindfulness when it comes to stress reduction. The authors conclude that “mindfulness-based stress reduction appears to be a promising modality for stress management.”

A recent review in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) stated the effects of implementing a mindfulness meditation practice are similar to the “use of an antidepressant in a primary care population but without the associated toxicities.”

In other words, mindfulness programs have a similar effect as antidepressants. With this evidence, the safe practice of mindfulness can start to become an integral and crucial component in healing the mind, the body and the entire person.

How will mindlessness change your life? See for yourself

The moment pebble is an exciting new tool to help you take short mindful breaks throughout your day.

Using your pebble is really easy. You can do it any time, anywhere. All it takes is 30 seconds.

1. Turn your pebble over to make it glow and start your moment

2. Use a 30 second Moment Pebble script to relax your mind

3. The Pebble glows to end your moment and you return to your day refreshed

We’re launching the Moment Pebble at the beginning of April 2019 and would love your support in getting this moment movement started, sign up here to stay informed of what we’re up to. Welcome to the movement!

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References/Resources

1. (Remmers, Topolinski, & Koole, 2016).

2. Sharma M., Rush SE. (2014). Mindfulness-based stress reduction as a stress management intervention for healthy individuals: a systematic review. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med.;19(4):271-86.

3. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

Charles Cadbury