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Being a more mindful person
By Pfizer Medical Team
Mindfulness is a dimension of Wellness. It plays another important role in the 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 paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them and doing your best to remember that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in any moment.
By taking a mental step back and becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings, you can help yourself notice signs of stress or anxiety, which can eventually help you manage those feelings.
Why mindfulness is good for you
- It can boost the immune system. Studies have 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 can increase positive emotions while reducing negative emotions and stress.
- It can cause positive changes to 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 can help you to focus. Mindfulness can help you tune out distractions, while improving your memory and attention skills.
Take a moment right now to consider your thoughts and feelings. We encourage you to start practicing mindfulness 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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