2020 marks a year in history as a deadly pandemic swept the globe, creating record-breaking fatalities, unemployment rates, business closures, and more. Although this struggle is ongoing and the damage may be unmeasurable, we can still find hope and peace. Focusing on mental health and strategies to cope with daily struggles is more important than ever. This brings us to the practice of mindfulness…

Mindfulness is the nature of focusing on the present moment, while being fully aware of what you’re feeling and actively pursuing. It is a mindset that can be practiced on a daily basis and  allows you to not become overly stressed over what’s going on around you.

Medical research and other evidence has shown mindfulness greatly improves anxiety and depression disorders, stress, relationships, work, and more! You can practice mindfulness whether your sitting or standing. Here’s just a few, brief examples:

  1. Mindful Breathing: dedicate time each day to focus on deep breathing. It’s as simple as waking up and taking 10 deep breathes before the start of each day.
  • Mindful Stress Reduction: practice the feeling of letting go. Loosen your grip, lay down, open your palms!
  • Mindful Listening: practice of keeping your body still, while engaging in conversation or simply listening! Un-cross your legs and arms, keep your feet rooted on the ground, etc.

See the links below for a more in-depth guide. Let’s start building the foundation for a happier and healthier life!

For a step-by-step guide, visit: https://www.mindful.org/what-is-mindfulness/

For more details on techniques visit: https://msw.usc.edu/mindful-living-resources/