Relationships are complex, and handling them and preserving them takes time, effort and so much more. Often, things can go wrong in so many ways and even the strongest relationships reach the verge of breakup. That’s where mindfulness can make a difference and save the day. Several studies have now confirmed that besides transforming you as an individual, mindfulness can change and save your relationships. Here’s how!
Mindfulness Can Change and Save Your Relationships
It Makes You a Better Listener
It may come as a surprise to you, but most people today, even the good ones, fail badly at one thing when it comes to relationships- listening to their partner. Most of us, during a conversation, just can’t wait for our turn to talk, and we hardly listen, at least not completely.
That’s where mindfulness can really help. Practising mindfulness can train your mind to stay in the present and focus, helping you listen instead of zooming ahead into the future, making you a better listener right away. And guess what makes you a better friend, partner and human being in general? Yes. Listening! You got it.
It Helps You Appreciate More
Mindfulness is based upon one simple aspect- being in the present. This then transforms you into a much more grounded and grateful person, and helps you appreciate all that you are, and have in the moment. This then extends just as you would want it to in terms of relationships- it helps you become more appreciative of your partner and be grateful and happy about the bond that you two share.
It Improves Emotional Regulation
Mindfulness has been found to help strengthen the prefrontal cortex of the brain– an area concerned with the fight or flight response. This in turn, makes you able to regulate your emotions better. You’ll end up feeling less overwhelmed and less likely to react impulsively, and your brain will be much more ‘chilled out.’
It Makes you Self Aware
This one’s a biggie- a lot of us tend to struggle with owning up to our mistakes in relationships, and that is what makes things go downhill. Mindfulness, thankfully, helps a lot with that. It helps make you more self aware and you’ll realize when you’re acting out or making a big deal out of things or are behaving in a negative way, and the more you’ll ‘realize’ it, the less likely you’ll be doing it. The result? Healthier relationships.
Mindfulness is an extremely powerful tool that has the potential to improve so many aspects and parts of your life. All it really takes it a few minutes everyday to sit down, meditate and make it a point to focus on just the task you’re doing at the moment as opposed to multitasking.