When the mind begins to wander, a person can become very distracted. This not only makes it more difficult for them to deal with their everyday responsibilities, it can also lead to profound unhappiness.
A distracted mind is unable to focus on the present moment, making it difficult to enjoy anything fully.
Two of the most common mental disorders, anxiety and depression, are characterized by an inability to keep one’s focus on the present.
Excessive ruminating on the past is a common symptom of depression, while looking to the future with dread is the basis of anxiety.
Fortunately, basic meditation techniques can help individuals overcome these types of mental problems.