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By Pfizer Medical Team on Get Healthy Stay Healthy
Practicing mindfulness may be able to help in your journey towards becoming a healthier you.
So what does it mean to be more mindful?
Being mindful means being aware of your thoughts, emotions, and how you're feeling (physically and mentally). Mindfulness is a form of meditation with an important aspect to it—acceptance. It means being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Remember there is no “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in any moment.
By being more mindful and aware of your thoughts and feelings, you may be able to teach yourself to live in the moment and enjoy life as it happens.
Why mindfulness is good for you
- It may be able to boost the immune system. Research has shown that after eight weeks of practicing, mindful meditation helped the immune system’s ability to fight off illness.
- It may help reduce stress. Mindfulness may increase positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress.
- It may cause positive changes the brain. Research has found that it increases density of grey matter in parts of the brain that are linked to learning, memory, emotional regulation, and empathy.
- It may help you to focus, tune out distractions, and improve your memory and attention skills.
Take a moment right now to think about your own thoughts and feelings and consider starting your mindfulness practice today.
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Following these recommendations should be under the care of your physician, as results may vary.
Medically reviewed by Elizabeth Pappadopulos, PhD, Global Medical Affairs, Pfizer
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