How many of the following issues have made it difficult to eat healthily?
- mood swings
- loss of motivation
Mindfulness, which might best be described as the ability to pay attention to the present in a non-judgmental way, has in recent years emerged as a highly effective way of handling stress.
Advances in neuroscience, for example, have shown that mindfulness meditation can actually strengthen the parts of the brain that counter unhealthy habits. In 2015, researchers in Pittsburgh found that after three days of intensive mindfulness training, activity in the part of the brain that drives fight-or-flight impacted less strongly on other brain centres. At the same time, activity levels, in brain areas that help reduce stress, increased.
These discoveries support findings from other many other studies, which have shown that mindfulness practice is especially beneficial to those who are trying to move on from unhelpful behaviour patterns.
That is why mindfulness can be so fundamental in helping gain healthy habits, supporting you to work against all of the above – not by banishing stress or cravings from your life – but by developing resilience to them.