Mindfulness has been around for thousands of years. It's not new, but has become more common as people learn of its many benefits.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of taking the time to be aware of what is around you. It’s paying attention to your thoughts. This can happen throughout each day in all situations.
Benefits of mindfulness
There are many benefits to practicing mindfulness. Some include:
- Stress reduction
- Improved focus
- Increased immunity
- Satisfaction with relationships
- Improved well-being
How to be mindful
One way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Taking five minutes out of your day to meditate is a great way to de-stress.
Try a guided meditation to learn how to be in the moment. Look for a local meditation class in your area. You could also use an app on your phone or find a session online.
Mindfulness takes time
Mindfulness is a practice, so it takes time to learn. Don’t get discouraged. Throughout each day, remind yourself to be in the moment. Whether you are washing dishes or walking outside, pay attention to your surroundings. This includes noises and how you're feeling.
Actually listen to the water as it hits the plates, or listen to the birds chirping. Take a deep breath. As thoughts enter your mind, accept them. As you do this over time, you’ll notice you begin to do it more often.
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