2 Ways Mindfulness Literally Changes Your Mind
Mindfulness is gaining traction, not only in the healthy living world but the work world as well. And the reason many employees and employers should take note is because unlike some other healthy living techniques, mindfulness actually changes parts of your brain in a positive way.
Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) – This is the part of the brain that regulates self-regulation; things like your ability to sustain focus and attention. If you don’t have a well-functioning ACC you can be impulsive, aggressive and do poorly on your work, (it’s like your brain after too many alcoholic drinks). People with a mindfulness practice have a better functioning ACC and can avoid more distractions than the average person.
Hippocampus – The hippocampus is the part of the mind that is associated with memory and emotion, which are two extremely critical parts of life. It’s been proven that people that endure higher levels of stress have a larger hippocampus. Some of the benefits of mindfulness are a better ability to deal with pain, and increase in complex thinking, self-awareness, perception, emotional regulation, and body awareness.
Now that you know two great reasons to start your mindfulness practice start with 3-5 minutes of mindfulness meditation to ease your way into it.
This article covers the mindfulness pillar of the Living Happier @Work program.