A Minute of Mindfulness with Mia – Why do we practice mindfulness?

September 23, 2022

Why do we practice mindfulness and what are the benefits?

Mindfulness is that practice of being present on purpose, not in the past where some of our trauma might be, not in the future where some of our anticipatory anxiety is, but to be squarely right in the present moment.

It’s calming but also helps our nervous system regulate. We have these structures in the brain like the amygdala where emotions fire from and it communicates to the prefrontal cortex which helps us make our decisions. When we practice mindfulness, neuroscience has proven that we’re stronger in our association between the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex.

They work better together so if something startles you, you are much better at thinking, “Oh, ding, that’s not a threat. It’s just my phone, I’m all good. I’m right here in the center of now and I’m okay.”  The more we practice mindfulness the more we will be ready when things come our way.

There are lots of benefits to mindfulness like decreasing depression and anxiety, increasing positive pain relief, and being able to manage things in our life so much better and it’s free! I hope that this provides a little evidence to get you started practicing mindfulness today.

More on Helping Strategies


Exercise therapy programs in Scottsdale

Healthy Futures started offering individualized movement and exercise therapy and eating disorder programs in January of 2015. Their exercise wellness plans are designed specifically for people that are struggling with an eating disorder.
Children Eating

What is ARFID and how can it help children who suffer from eating disorders?

Often, the children who suffer from ARFID experience a choking sensation from the smells or the feeling of certain foods in their mouths. Vomiting is also not unusual. The experience of these sensations leads to the child avoiding or restricting certain foods. Malnutrition then becomes an issue with this disorder.
Friends having fun in blueberry field

How emotional eating IOP can help long term success for Bariatric Surgery patients

When appropriate, Bariatric surgery is a great tool for achieving weight loss. But, we've all heard how so many have “put all that weight back on” after surgery.
Group of supportive friends
, ,

How support groups can be key to recover when dealing with eating disorders

At Healthy Futures, every client is assessed and an individual treatment plan is created. Depending on the level of care needed, some clients may need outpatient services from our team of professionals one to two times a week.