This is an extremely busy time of year, especially as major holidays are quickly approaching, and it is easy to get caught up in all of the stress. Mindfulness skills are one way you can remain in the moment to maintain your composure.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. When we are mind-full instead of mindful, we are mentally absent from the richness of life. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing via your senses, or to your state of mind via your thoughts and emotions, you are being mindful. The great thing about mindfulness is that anyone can do mindfulness practice!
Why perform mindfulness practice?
Mindfulness allows you to gain a better understanding of your pain, allows you to better connect with those around you, focuses your mind, reduces brain chatter over time, and lowers stress.
How can you use mindfulness to reduce levels of stress?
Remember, you can implement mindfulness practices to help you remain in the moment and maintain your composure when dealing with difficult situations. We all already have the capacity to be present, and it doesn’t require us to change who we are. But we can cultivate these innate qualities with simple practices that are scientifically demonstrated to benefit us in many ways. Let us show you how you can use mindfulness practices to reduce tension and stress in your life.
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