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UC Psychologist Explains How Mindfulness Can Refocus a Wandering Mind

study showed that people with a wandering mind also reported worse psychological well-being. ADVERTISEMENT Therefore, staying focused is essential even when reality feels uncomfortable or painful.

The feeling will pass, and you’ll come out the other side with renewed strength and resilience.The study from University of Cincinnati psychologists confirms the importance of mindfulness in daily life. Research shows that between 30-50% of our thoughts arise from a wandering mind state.

Being unfocused throughout the day can cause harmful side effects like poorer memory or performance at work. ADVERTISEMENT “While zoning out for a few minutes during a meeting may not hurt, it can impact you negatively if it goes on for long periods of time,” says Lynley Turkelson, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student and lead author of the study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement.“When distracting thoughts or feelings come up, mindfulness helps us gently set them aside and refocus on what is right in front of us,” says Turkelson.

ADVERTISEMENT Mindfulness includes practices such as meditation, breathing techniques, or yoga. Or, one can practice it by simply increasing awareness of sensations in the present moment.For instance, Turkelson gives the example of focusing intently on how you feel while eating a meal.

Staying in the present moment and experiencing it fully will bring a wandering mind back in focus.“You may start by noticing the smell of the food before you eat it, what it feels like as you bite into it, how it feels in your mouth and the taste. Or perhaps you pay attention to the flow of breath in and out of your lungs or on the sensations you experience in various parts of the body.”Turkelson, a doctoral

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