Are you familiar with any of these situations?
The more often you identify with these situations the more you can benefit from mindfulness.
You are mindful when you are in the present moment.
Some examples of being in the present moment are if you have become absorbed in a puzzle or a game or if you have lost yourself in a book or while watching a film or while singing a song.
In these examples you are focused on the present and on what is happening right now.
When this happens it is not possible for worry and anxiety to invade your mental space.
However old and negative habits are not easy to change. For me, as a chronic mouth breather, it was challenging to retrain my brain to change my mouth breathing habits of coughing, yawning, breath holding, sighing and rapid chest breathing. Old habits performed for many decades will only change after a few months of continual and mindful practice.
If we are not mindful we risk behaving in default mode. This behaviour is characterized by mind chatter, judgemental thoughts, criticism and self doubt – all of which lead to reduced performance or productivity.
If we allow ourselves to practise multi-tasking we can become the victim of attention deficit trait. This occurs through the constant switching from one task to another. This mental process is stressful and can activate the amygdala to such an extent that it results in a chronic fight or flight response.
This response will, in turn, impact our breathing and our anxiety levels.
The human mind is incapable of multi-tasking. It is a scientific myth. Our mind can only achieve one task at a time. But an illusion is created as we try to achieve more than one task at the same time resulting in a reduced performance as we miss information when we suffer concentration lapses known as attentional blinks.
When learning how to change how we breathe it is essential that we practise in a mindful way. If we do not we fail to give our breathing the attention it deserves. By failing to do so we fail to give our health the attention that it deserves.