Wikipedia defines mindfulness as the intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.” Mindfulness is proven to improve mental health, physical health and general well-being. Mindfulness can include yoga, deep breathing and meditation and helps control your emotions. Many organizations have seen tremendous gains from mindfulness programs. Here are some simple steps to get started:
When you see yourself stressing, don’t force yourself to calm down, simply accept your stress and know that later you will deal with it.
Do one thing at a time and focus on it with undivided attention. Multitasking and mindfulness are enemies to each other!
Really listen to others. It’s amazing how much more you will get from the interaction.
Notice sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches and take time to reflect upon them.
Before starting your day, take a few minutes to go over what you want to accomplish. Focus on your breathing and calm yourself into an “I can do it.” mentality.
Take breaks. Take a walk and truly notice your surroundings.
Periodically unplug. Remove yourself from the TV, the phone, and other people. Find a quiet space, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. If your mind starts to wander, go back to your original thought.
Do these multiple times. It may not work at first but with time it will be a powerful tool that will get you far.
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