With everything going on in the world right now, we all have a lot of added stress in our lives. We can’t always change the circumstances we are in, but we can learn techniques on how to manage this added stress. Mindfulness can be a great tool to bring moments of peace and clarity to your day. Practicing it once or twice a day can greatly lower your overall stress response and slow the nonstop chatter in your head that feeds into the stress of the day.
Mindfulness is about maintaining a moment by moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.
How to Practice Mindfulness:
- Find a place where you can sit and feel at peace. You can sit in a chair, in the grass or cross legged on the floor.
- Set a timer, starting with 5-10 minutes and working up from there.
- Find a position you can sit in for a while and be comfortable. Bring attention to your posture. Keep your neck long with your chin tilted slightly forward. Place your hands in a comfortable position with your shoulders relaxed.
- Focus on each inhale and exhale as you slow and deepen your breath.
- Notice when your mind wanders off of your breath. Simply return your attention to your breath as you let go of feelings, thoughts and distractions.
- Continue until your timer goes off. Slowly bring awareness to your extremities with small movements until you are ready to get up.
There are endless resources out there to help with your mindfulness journey. Some apps you can download are Evenflow, 3 minute mindfulness and Headspace.