According to a Harvard study, 47% of our time is spent by our mind in thought. Seems quite normal that people do a lot of thinking throughout the day while at work. However, this study delves more deeply into our thoughts and has found that most of the thoughts we experience on a day-to-day basis are quite negative and anxious in nature.
The study has shown that our minds are often times taken over by meandering thoughts that pull us away from being present with whatever activity that we are actually doing at the time.
The research also indicates that lack of presence is the root cause of most unhappiness in our lives, meaning that when we are distracted and not present with whatever the actual task is that we should be focused on, it has a negative impact on our well-being.
Employing mindfulness strategies in our lives allows us to be more present and put less energy and attention into being consumed by our thoughts.
A great place to begin to learn more about mindfulness and to actually experience some strategies to calm the mind is by downloading the Headspace app which was created by Andy Puddicome. Try out the free 10-day mindfulness challenge that Puddicome leads listeners through on the app. You own’t be disappointed. Give it a shot.
"We are anxious about feeling anxious."
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.