A wandering or absent mind may lead to chaos. It is bad in the view that it doesn’t allow peopleto utilize their full potential in executing the tasks due to their inability to focus. Studies suggest that mindfulness is an effective technique to manage mind wandering. Mindfulness refers to a mental state when an individual is able to focus on his/her awareness on the present moment. There are researches that dig deeper to understand if mindfulness can induce focus and control mind wandering.
The findings of the study, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition suggest that mindfulness training or meditation can be an effective way to deal with mind wandering in individuals struggling with anxiety.
Mindfulness has been found effective in preventing the progression of mind wandering over time as well as managing poor performance due to off-task episodes. In addition, the researchers find that the mindfulness may prove helpful in promoting attention, and ability to focus during the transition from the internal to present-moment external world.
Researchers indicate that mindfulness training have protective effects on mind wandering for individuals living with anxiety. In addition, mindfulness practice may help people battling anxiety to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand.
The researchers added that mind wandering compromised around half of any person’s daily stream of consciousness, with anxiety and repetitive off-task thoughts adversely affecting their ability to complete tasks, learn new things and function safely. A previous study published in the journal Science had also suggested similar results. It found that people tended to waste 46.9 percent of their total waking hours in thinking of something other than what they were engaged in.
According to researchers, most of these people were unhappy of their inability to control mind wandering as their ability to ruminate over things that are not happening left them emotionally stressed and dissatisfied.
Tips to practice mindfulness
All types of practices work
Some people are confused on choosing a mindfulness technique. However, it rarely matters. People can choose one they are most motivated too and can practice easily. It will also help in sticking to the routine.
Forgiving is a virtue
It is common to procrastinate at times. People should learn to forgive themselves and should not feel guilty if they miss some practice sessions. Return soon rather than ruminating about it.
An easy start is a sustainable start
Researchers advise to start slow and easy. Trying too hard in the beginning can be a demotivating. Realizing the small pleasures like the sensation of coolness after a sip of cold water or feeling the refreshing breeze on hair can be initial footsteps towards mindfulness.
Seeking professional help
Practicing mindfulness is known to be an effective technique to deal with mind wandering and associated anxiety. However, people who are in advanced stages may need professional help.
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