Mindfulness helps in decision making

Mindfulness helps in decision making

Mindfulness has become ever so popular in recent times and is practiced widely all across the globe. The meaning of mindfulness means that a moment to moment awareness is maintained of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and our surrounding environment, through a kind, nurturing lens. To be mindful means that you're completely present, in the moment and in the here and now, very conscious and alert, enjoying the feeling, the joy of being immersed in the activity.

Studies specify the positive impact of mindfulness and its effects comprise stress reduction, improved clarity and focus, and improved physical well-being. Scientifically, it impacts the frontal lobe, which controls future planning. The prefrontal cortex essentially becomes thicker when practicing mindfulness, which means that efficient decision-making skills get effortless and more efficient. Clinical research shows that mindfulness shrinks the amygdala, which is the brain's fight-or-flight centre that administers stress and anxiety. Regular practice of mindfulness helps reduce reactivity, panic, and overwhelmed emotions. It allows Practitioner to make decisions and engage with the major factors in their life. With being mindful, the decision-making process becomes more thoughtful, cognitive exercise, rather than an impulsive reaction to instant need and gratification.

Regular practice of Mindfulness training helps become very aware and assist with:

Timely identification of decisions that need to be made, Creative problem-solving, through ethical evaluation, Improved ability to recognize limitations, Improved ability to identify trade-offs and inadvertent consequences of a potential decision.

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Our mind is an extremely powerful tool that we all possess, mindfulness practice helps sharpen it. In today's busy world, it's rarely given the amount of space it needs to process information fully and calmly. Regular practice of mindfulness permits leaders to reflect more deeply on important decisions, and come to better conclusions. Generally mindful individuals take time to pause and reflect and listen to their inner selves assessing their values and objectives, before making any decision, which is usually made with open mind and kind heart.

Additionally, research conducted as part of a study found mindful people have a greater tolerance of uncertainty and are more decisive when faced with choosing between many unknowns. While people are choosing a course of action, good judgment requires both intuition and systematic analysis. Usually, after practicing mindfulness for some time, it becomes easier for people to distance themselves from their emotions and thoughts; mindfulness has the potential to help decision-makers make clearer, better quality choices. Mindful individuals are more open to negative feedback; they can disengage from ego-concerns, makes accepting constructive feedback and enact to make positive changes in their personal space and also influence their surroundings.

Author
Bharti Gitay
Psychologist At Mpower - The Centre
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