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Two Simple Mindfulness Moments to Reduce Stress

Many people misunderstand mindfulness and mindful practices. Mindfulness is simply paying attention, on purpose, without judgement. Mindfulness is focusing on the present moment. We can practice mindfulness is the smallest of moments, to offer our mind a break from worry, to better enjoy the present moment, or to regulate our emotions and to feel more grounded. So, what does that look like?

Here are two suggestions:

1) Use mindfulness when you're taking a drink of your favorite morning beverage. To do this mindfully, smell your drink before you take a sip. Pay attention to the aroma. When you take a drink, what flavors do you notice? Can you distinguish more than one taste or sensation? As you swallow, pay attention to what happens in your body. Maybe, take a relaxing breath or just savor the moment.

2) Mindfully enjoy the outdoors. While walking, or watching your kids at the park. Pay attention to the sky, what do you see? Watch the trees or greenery around you. Do you notice anything in particular? Take one deep breath of the fresh air and pay attention to how your body feels. Do you feel relaxed? Rejuvenated? Happy?

You can practice mindfulness at any time! Even when the world around you feels chaotic, you can focus your attention, in the present moment, to a few things. This may help you to feel grounded amidst the chaos. Let us know what you think! How has mindfulness helped you?


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