If work, taking care of your family or whatever else you have to do day to day is starting to make you feel stressed, practicing mindfulness can be a healthy way to manage your stress. In this blog post, we will talk about what mindfulness is and share a few simple tips.
To start, what is mindfulness? It’s the practice of actively taking time to focus on the way you feel in a non-judgemental way. In other words, it’s simply taking time to be aware of and focus on your own feelings.
Mindfulness is a great form of stress management for two reasons. The first is that it’s completely free and doesn’t require anything more than a comfortable place to relax. The second is because it can have positive benefits on not only your mind’s health but your body as well!
Settling down for a mindfulness session is easy since you can do it anywhere and at any time. Follow these steps:
Find a place you can relax for a few minutes - This might be in bed, in a chair or a quiet space at work. You don’t need to be sitting or laying down to have a mindfulness session.
Make a goal - Think about what you want to accomplish during your session. It can sometimes help to set a time limit. Start with 5 minutes and you can work your way up to what you feel is comfortable for you.
Breathe - Your breathing is the most important part of reaching a relaxed state. Focus on breathing in and out.
Don’t pay attention to your thoughts - Breathing is important because it gives you something to focus on other than your day to day worries and stresses. If you find you’re having a hard time keeping your thoughts from wandering, that’s ok! Don’t judge yourself and remember - it’s impossible to do a bad job when it comes to mindfulness.
So if you have a few minutes of time to yourself tonight, try out a mindfulness session!