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.

Managing Challenging Emotions

Let’s face it, managing difficult emotions – such as annoyance and anger– requires extra effort. Use Mondays to master techniques to relieve the stress caused by extreme emotions and to restore your calm.

Mindfulness 101: Reduce Stress by Being Present

This month, we’re covering the basics of mindfulness so you can build a simple mindfulness practice from the ground up. Every Monday, we’ll discuss a key element that can work on its own or build upon last week’s element. Last Monday we covered deep breathing, which can help you focus on your breath as a way to relieve stress. This week, we’ll discuss being present, which is an important part of mindfulness that can also reduce stress and ease anxiety. You can even use deep breathing as a way to begin!

Move Over Resolutions, Set Positive Intentions for the New Year

This year, New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday, which is also the ideal day to make a fresh start. Use this Monday to start 2019 by setting positive and healthy intentions for the year.

Stay Calm in the Storm

This Monday, when the storm of stress hits, ride it out and continue throughout the week. Stress is a normal part of all of our lives. However, we can become experts in managing it.

A Mindful Boost to Waiting in Line

When you find yourself standing in a long line, instead of getting frustrated with the wait, why not use the time to clear your mind with a little mindfulness?

Taming Your “Monkey Mind”

Sometimes it feels like thoughts are jumping all over the place, like a monkey swinging from vine to vine. This constant mental activity can create worry, stress, and even loss of sleep. This Monday, destress with some focused and centered breathing to tame your monkey mind.

Three Simple Steps for Mindful Walking On Monday

Make Monday an occasion to try some mindful walking when you need to de-stress for a few minutes between activities.

This Monday, Take A Pause and Alleviate Stress

When situations become heated, give your stress a time-out this Monday. Putting on the brakes in a stressful situation can stop the momentum of your stress from building and preserve your well-being.

Destress in a Garden this Monday

This Monday, destress by exploring a garden or park near you! It can benefit your mind, body, and soul. Take a stroll through a park on your way to work, enjoy your lunch hour in a garden near your office, or sit on a lawn for an outdoor evening concert or movie.

Use Mondays to Be Kind to Yourself

Typically, we think of kindness as flowing out to others, but it can also mean being kind to ourselves. Let’s use Monday to see kindness in a new light.