What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness involves training your attention and attitude to focus on the present moment rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. It helps you focus more on study or work, and develop an attitude of friendliness towards yourself, rather than criticism or judgement.
We experience mindfulness in our day-to-day lives, but it can also be strengthened through training. Research shows that consistent practice of mindfulness enhances the executive function networks of the brain (such as the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus), boosting your memory and your ability to stay focused, learn, problem-solve, communicate and manage stress. These capacities are central to academic and professional life.
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Benefits of mindfulness
There are now more than 1500 new articles on mindfulness published in peer-reviewed scientific journals each year. This research shows that when practised regularly, mindfulness offers a range of benefits, including:
- reduced stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms
- increased resilience and peace of mind
- strengthening of the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus (key brain areas for learning and wellbeing)
- enhanced cognitive performance e.g. concentration, memory and processing speed
- boosts to study and work performance
- improved creativity, mental flexibility and problem-solving ability
- enhanced communication and leadership
- improved relationships (with your partner, family, colleagues and friends).