Relaxation vs Mindfulness - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between relaxation and mindfulness

is that relaxation is the act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; the opposite of stress or tension; the aim of recreation and leisure activities while mindfulness is awareness.

relaxation

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; the opposite of stress or tension; the aim of recreation and leisure activities.
  • A diminution of tone, tension, or firmness; specifically in pathology: a looseness; a diminution of the natural and healthy tone of parts.
  • relaxation of the soft palate
  • Remission or abatement of rigor.
  • Remission of attention or application.
  • relaxation of efforts
  • Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort.
  • (physics) The transition of an atom or molecule from a higher energy level to a lower one.
  • (music) The release following musical tension.
  • Derived terms

    * dielectric relaxation * letter of relaxation

    References

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    mindfulness

    Noun

    (-)
  • awareness
  • inclination to be mindful or aware
  • (as understood in Buddhism and psychology) paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally
  • * 2014 , Who, What, Why: What Is Mindfulness? , BBC
  • The Oxford English Dictionary "also notes that the term is 'in weakened use'. It's been diluted from its origins to now encompass all manner of meditation techniques, treatments for daily stress, even ways to lose weight."

    Antonyms

    * mindlessness