Today we'll talk about a few fun mindfulness exercises to reduce stress, depression, emotional reactivity, and to improve memory, focus, and happiness!
There is no one right way to practice mindfulness, we just have to find the on that work best for us as individuals
The morning is a wonderful time to practice mindfulness. Here are some ideas: *Keep a morning journal- take a few minutes and write down the things you are grateful for your hopes and dreams, your goals, and your thoughts, and how you might be able to change your perspective to feel differently about specific situations you are dealing with.
*guided meditation- this is a great way to start especially if you are new to the practice.
*my favorite- movement- any type of exercise that feels good to you - maybe a walk, yoga, or even some gentle stretching.
*Add purpose to your waiting - have you ever stood in line feeling frustrated and impatient?? Make the most out of the situation by observing your surroundings with all of your senses engaged. Try to enjoy the moment as you focus on your breath while observing your surroundings.
*mindful food practices - this can also help you learn new insights about your eating habits! With each bite a food, or each sip of a beverage, focus your attention on the little details such as heat, cold, sweet, sour, hot, spicy. Move your attention inward, eat and drink slowly, savoring and observing.
Does anyone want to share a mindfulness technique that works for you?
Mindfulness coloring has become popular these days. This involves focusing solely on the patterns, colors, a motor skills need it while filling in the coloring page. This is a great way to bring our awareness to the present moment and let go of any thoughts about tomorrow or yesterday. Many feel it is very helpful! They sell them on Amazon just look up mindfulness coloring book.
The information I shared with you today is published on the American Institute of Stress website. They provide very valuable and helpful information and resources.
I hope this information was helpful for you today, feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments. Stay safe and well!