Mindfulness is the practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment, being “in the now.”
You might want to give mindfulness a try if:
- You are experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, or other negative emotions.
- You find it difficult to maintain balance or focus.
- You are perfectionist and find it difficult to practice self-compassion.
- You experience relationship issues that you would like to fix.
- You have difficulties falling asleep, experience problems sleeping or wake up unrested. One study found that mindfulness meditation significantly improved sleep quality.
- You have eating disorders, such as practice emotional eating.
Most mindfulness practices focuses on meditation, breathing, non-judgemental observation and feelings of love and compassion. Focusing on the present moment and trying to keep your mind quite and calm is a way to practice mindfulness in the daily living.
For example, pay close attention to your feelings and thoughts. Slow down to immerse yourself in nature, breathe and silently observe the surroundings. Listening to music, gardening and cleaning the house can also become a form of mindfulness if they keep your mind quite and calm. Gentle forms of exercises such as yoga and pilates that focuses on breathing and body awareness are also a form of mindfulness meditation.
Regular practice of mindfulness meditation can help both your physical and mental well-being.
If you’re having trouble practicing mindfulness meditation, consider downloading an app (like Calm or Headspace) that provides free meditations and can guide you with your practice.
Getting started with mindfulness meditation can sometimes seem intimidating, but remember that even a few minutes each day can be beneficial. And most importantly, have consistency and patience to practice it on a regular basis to experience the full benefits. The benefits of mindfulness don’t last – but neither does shower, that’s why we need to practice them regularly.
Aromatherapy and mindfulness
Essential oils can help regulate mood and emotions, or help with attention and focus. They are used in aromatherapy to improve the mental, physical, and emotional health. During meditation, aromatherapy inhalation can stimulate the senses, help you focus, and promote feelings of calm and relaxation.
One of the easiest ways to use essential oils for meditation is through diffusion. The second best way to use essential oils is to apply them topically on your skin.
Pro Tip: Cold air diffusion technology (nebulizing technology)
This is the safest and cleanest way to diffuse your essential oils and home fragrances. The nebulizing diffusion technology preserves the therapeutic properties of the essential oils, while creating a longer lasting and consistent scent.
AromaTech™ home diffusers are available in several beautiful designs to compliment your home. AromaTech™ also offers wall-mount diffusers with the option to easily connect to your home HVAC system.
Top essential oils for mindfulness and meditations
• Frankincense Essential Oil;
• Lavender Essential Oil;
• Sandalwood Essential Oil;
• Ylang Ylang Essential Oil;
• Chamomile Essential Oil;
• Cedarwood Essential Oil;
• Peppermint Essential Oil;
• Vetiver Essential Oil;
• Rose Essential Oil.
History of mindfulness
While mindfulness has origins in Hinduism and Buddhism before being introduced to the West, there is no necessary religious component to mindfulness. Anyone can enjoy the benefits of mindfulness for stress management and to cope better with their daily activities.
Nowadays, mindfulness is being combined with cognitive therapy in treatments aimed to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, with positive results.