Mindfulness

Simply put, this is the act of paying close attention to your thoughts, feelings and sensations as they’re happening. This is sometimes called being present in the moment. When your thoughts drift away from being “present,” just notice it and gently redirect your attention back without being critical of yourself. According to research, regular practice of mindfulness – even for short periods – provides a variety of health benefits, such as improving your focus, decreasing anxiety, reducing depression and boosting your immune system.

Mindfulness works because it helps buffer us from the habitual patterns of thought that often center on past worries or anxieties about the future. With practice, you’ll gradually gain more control over your thoughts and progress towards a healthier, more positive outlook.

You can practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere, such as during a daily activity like teeth brushing or while taking a walk or even while waiting in line. Just focus your attention on one or more aspects of that particular moment. It could be your surrounding sounds or the sensations of your breathing. When your attention wanders, just return your attention to your focal point.

Circle in on Mindful Drawing

Throughout each day, our minds are constantly racing. We’re continually thinking about what comes next, checking our things-to-do list and trying to stay ahead of schedule. Quite often, this leads to feelings of stress and tension. During these times, give yourself a much-needed break with mindful drawing. It will help wind down your frantic thoughts and restore your sense of calm and control. The goal isn’t to create wonderful art. In fact, there’s no reason to judge the art at all. Instead, it’s a process that helps you focus your thoughts to be mindfully in the moment. And it’s easy to do.

April 17th, 2017|

Managing Challenging Emotions

There are times when your anger grows so great, you can’t even see straight. It’s not only emotionally upsetting, it can increase your blood pressure and your risk of heart attack. Let’s face it, managing difficult emotions – such as anger, stress and frustration – requires extra effort. So, how do you bring these intense emotions under control?

April 3rd, 2017|

Art of the Now

Too often life seems to be rushing by like an out of control roller coaster. The frenetic pace and unexpected turns can lead to tension, stress and anxiety. Today’s mindfulness exercise helps alleviate these negative feelings. It teaches you how to slow down your world so you can see it in a more manageable perspective. The result is you’ll feel calmer, more centered and more in control. Best of all, you can practice this exercise anywhere. All it takes is a few spare moments.

March 27th, 2017|

Mindful Eating: Food for Thought

Food plays a vital role in our daily lives and offers a perfect chance to practice mindfulness each day. In this exercise, we’re using a cranberry, but any food works fine. The intent is to use all your senses to fully focus on the eating experience. You’ll gain a greater appreciation for the food we eat and reduce your feelings of stress.

March 20th, 2017|

Step Up to Mindful Walking

Finding time and a quiet place to meditate isn’t always practical. However, Mindful Walking offers many of the same benefits, such as relieving stress and tension. And it may be easier to fit into your lifestyle. For instance, a morning dog walk could be the perfect chance to practice Mindful Walking each day. Actively focusing […]

February 27th, 2017|

Get Dressed, Mindfully

Today’s practice is a wonderful way to begin your day in a calm and balanced state. It’s especially convenient because it takes dressing, a behavior you do each morning, and imbues it with a mindful focus. Being confident and in control first thing in the morning helps relieve feelings of stress and worry.

January 23rd, 2017|

Joyful Decluttering

Start this week with a simple tip to reduce holiday stress and chaos: Joyfully declutter. Decluttering is about organizing and arranging your surroundings, so you feel centered and refreshed.

December 12th, 2016|

Savor Life’s Wonderful Moments

Enrich your appreciation of life’s good things, both large and small. By taking the time to mindfully examine and savor these special moments, you’ll build a positive reservoir of thoughts and feelings to draw upon.

December 5th, 2016|

Comfort and Strength Through Gratitude

This Monday, before your week takes off, spend a few moments to reflect on the things you’re grateful for. Studies show that feeling grateful relieves stress, lifts your mood and helps you get along better with others. Try this exercise to refresh your mind, body and spirit.

November 14th, 2016|

Listen in a New Light – Mindfully

When others are speaking, it’s easy for your thoughts to wander. Suddenly you may realize you don’t remember what was just said. Mindful listening keeps you present in the moment. It enables you to better understand what people are saying, physically and emotionally. So you engage in richer, more meaningful communication.

October 31st, 2016|