07 3391 5833 info@mindfulpsychology.com.au
Book an Appointment

Why mindfulness works: modern benefits of an ancient practice

Adapted from Buddhist meditation principles, mindfulness is a simple but potentially life-changing practice. Here’s how you can incorporate it into your life right now.

Most of us follow our thoughts like a kitten chasing its toy. We worry about something we said yesterday, imagine what might happen at work tomorrow, obsess about how we look or what others think of us…and on it goes.

When we let our thoughts dominate our lives, we often end up feeling worried or stressed. We’re more likely to react to situations with impatience or frustration, or with feelings of anxiety or depression. And because we’re focused on the future or the past, we miss incredible moments happening right now.

Mindfulness is a powerful technique that lets us clear this clutter and bring greater calmness and clarity to our minds. It involves simply paying attention in the present moment to things as they are, without judgement – and without needing things to be different for us to feel better.

By focusing on what’s happening in the current moment, we don’t worry so much about tomorrow, next week or next year. In this way, we’re more likely to appreciate and enjoy the positive things that exist right now. We realise we don’t have to wait months or years to be happy – happiness is present in the simplest moments of everyday life. And suddenly life feels a little lighter and brighter.

Why is mindfulness a hot topic right now?

Adapted from ancient Buddhist meditation principles, mindfulness has become increasingly popular around the world because it’s simple yet so effective. There’s a fast-growing body of scientific research that shows the huge range of benefits of mindfulness – from reducing stress, anxiety and depression to improving your physical health and wellbeing.

It’s not surprising that so many people are making mindfulness part of their lives, and companies like Google, Apple and Nike are offering courses and classes to their employees. Mindfulness can help you:

  • reduce stress, anxiety and depression
  • improve your relationships
  • better cope with life’s challenges
  • improve your focus and productivity
  • regulate your moods
  • sleep better
  • strengthen your immune system
  • accept and love yourself more
  • feel happier and more at peace.

Mindful breathing: a mindfulness meditation

Here’s a short, simple mindfulness meditation you can do anywhere, any time. Try it next time you’re feeling a bit stressed or anxious, or want to switch off from your busy today. Why not give it a go right now?

  1. Sit upright on a chair or cushion. Close your eyes. Notice where your body meets the chair or cushion. Feel the weight of your body.
  2. Focus on your breath going in and out. Notice it in your nostrils, chest or belly – wherever you feel it most.
  3. When your mind wanders (which it will!), gently and kindly guide it back to your breath. No judgement.
  4. When you’re ready, open your eyes and take a deep breath.

Enjoy – and have a wonderful, mindful day.

Other Posts

Life Adjustments

Navigating the Emotional Landscape: Mental Health and Cancer

Whether as a patient or caregiver, dealing with cancer is one of the most challenging experiences many people will face.

Life Adjustments

Birth Trauma Month

Transitioning to parenthood is challenging enough alone, but the experiences of birth-related trauma make this experience even more difficult.


Supporting our LGBTIQIA+ community

International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed every year on May 17th.

Life Adjustments

Life adjustments and transitions

Life is full of changes, and as we grow and evolve, so do our circumstances.


Domestic violence and bullying of women

In light of International Women’s Day, and Zero Discrimination Day, it is important to consider the issues of discrimination, violence, and bullying that women continue to face.


Christmas – a time of cheer or challenge?

The festive season can be an emotionally turbulent and triggering time, for many different reasons.

Group Therapy

Group therapy: How you could benefit from joining a group

An opportunity to learn and practice new skills, meet new people, and have new experiences.


Building better romantic relationships

Relationships can be tricky for everyone. We never realise how much emotional work they demand until we are knee-deep in them.

Useful Information

Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, therapists – what’s the difference?

Is there a ‘best’ choice? Who should you see for therapy?

Man sitting at the beach

Remember your new year’s resolutions? Mindfulness can help you keep (or improve) them.

By this time of year, most of us have given up on our new year’s resolutions, or forgotten we even made them.

Stack of stones with a waterfall

Five mindfulness myths busted

Mindfulness is a simple yet powerful technique that can help bring clarity and peace. But there are lots of myths and assumptions about mindfulness – and these can become barriers to reaping its benefits. Here’s the truth behind some of the biggest myths.