Rahaf Kobeissi

Men Should Start Practicing Mindfulness

Rahaf Raef Kobeissi - Mindset & Mental Health Coach, Trainer, and Speaker - Rays Your Mental Health

Life can be exhausting.

We spend a lot of time in our heads until we reach either burnout or brain fog. We are trained and used to always creating new things to worry about, conversations to rehearse, and activities to plan.

But what if I tell you that there is a proven technique to help us live in the moment –that is, getting out of our heads and being consciously aware of our surroundings  —  and that will make us feel happier and experience less stress. Would you give it a try?

This technique is called “Mindful Activity“. And the goal of this mindful activity is to bring our thoughts into the present moment.

So what’s the problem?

Well, usually, I include short meditations with my clients before the end of our sessions. And I noticed that it works more with women than men, as while it improves women’s moods, most men get the opposite effect.

Now, why is that?

Because men are more likely to bury their emotional problems or channel them into unhealthy behaviors. So meditation could bring up these thoughts and feelings again, which could, of course, affect their mood. However, over time, it is likely that mindfulness could help men to re-train their minds to deal with these issues in a more constructive way.

If you’re a man reading this, here are 4 reasons why you should give mindfulness a try:

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    When you intentionally practice and keep repeating paying attention to an intended object of awareness, you’ll get better at focusing on things that really matter.
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    When you start leaning in and getting curious about your emotions, understand what they’re telling you, and develop the courage to embrace your vulnerability, you’ll eventually feel stronger and more grounded.
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    When you’re swamped at work & projects, your mind will side with the least urgent and important. With mindfulness practices, you’ll be training your mind to focus on what matters, and that’ll help you perform better.
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    When you get better at something, you’ll automatically feel good and more confident. Imagine yourself getting better at all the benefits of mindfulness!

Here is another BONUS benefit:

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As you learn to focus and cultivate emotional intelligence, you also build a stronger sense of empathy. You learn to be less defensive and more receptive.

The Take-Away Message:

While mindfulness does not change all that happens to you, it does change your relationships with what happens.

If mindfulness were a pill, we should all be taking it.