The media has caught on to the beneficial effects that mindfulness and meditation can have on a person's mental health. Research on the effectiveness of this practice is through the roof - understandably so.
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment and absorbing what is going on around you and allowing thoughts of judgement and change or the need to analyze to gently come and go as you remain non-judgmental and gentle with yourself; mindfulness is a practice so perfection is not something you are working toward. As Jon Kabat-Zinn, leading expert on mindfulness says, it's really just about awareness.
When it comes to adults, research has shown that mindfulness can help decrease anxiety and depression. In kids, it is shown to lower aggression, social anxiety, and stress levels and can even help with ADHD, particularly impulsivity and attention.
While it may sound like something unattainable or requires too much, remember that mindfulness is a practice. A Harvard research study, cited in the HeySigmund article below, found that even 5 minutes a day can change the way the brain is wired.
Take a look at the articles below to get a better sense of what mindfulness is about.