Monday Mojo for Caregivers – Cultivate Mindfulness – Mindfulness Practices for Improving Your Well-Being
Have you ever stopped to think about just how busy your day can be? In your rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing touch with the present moment. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment – and accepting it without judgment. Since being scientifically examined, mindfulness has been found to be a key element in happiness.
Mindfulness improves well being as well as mental and physical health
Being mindful makes it easier to enjoy the pleasures in life, as they occur and it helps you become fully engaged in the activities you perform. People who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets about the past. Physically, mindfulness can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain and improve sleep.
Mindfulness works by helping people accept their experiences rather than react to them with aversion and avoidance. But how do you actually practice mindfulness?
Here are the best techniques to start practicing mindfulness in your life:
- Basic mindfulness meditation
Sit in a quiet space and start to focus your attention on your breathing. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment.
- Body sensations
Notice subtle body sensations like an itch or tingling without judgment and let them pass. Become aware of each part of your body from head to toe.
Allow emotions to be present without judgment. Practice a steady and relaxed naming of emotions such as “joy”, “anger”, “frustration”. Accept the presence of the emotion without judgment and let them go.
The trick is to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment! If you’re having dinner with your family, be present and mindful at the table. Stop worrying about not getting all the laundry done or forgetting to call your friend back. Instead, focus your attention on having dinner. Be present in the moment with your family. That’s what mindfulness is all about!
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