While mindfulness as a practice and a concept has become better known in recent years, it is by no means a new concept. The practice of being in the moment and aware of the present has proven physical, mental, and emotional benefits. The best news of all? Mindfulness is easy, and anyone can practice it.
- Start your day with a mindfulness exercise. Sit peacefully for five or ten minutes and focus on your breathing. When thoughts come into your mind, return to your breathing and do not feel the need to respond to these thoughts.
- At any point in your day, take a moment and breathe. Really breathe. When stress takes hold, take 10 deep breaths and count to five with each.
- When you catch yourself going into autopilot, remember to be present in that given moment.
- Take time to experience each of your five senses in full. Bring awareness to the individual sense and focus on it.
- Become present in your body by making mindful movements. To break up the work day, take a break to jump up and down, swing your arms, or jump from one foot to the other.
- Practice gratitude in a way you feel comfortable. Jotting down the things you are thankful for in a notebook is a great place to start.
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