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Mindfulness Everyday

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and what’s going on around you. It is being fully present in the moment without distractions. This reduces tension and can revitalize you during the workday. There is nothing special required to practice mindfulness.

Examples of daily mindfulness practices: 

  1. Deep breathing: Focus only on your breath, inhale slowly, hold your breath for a few seconds, and exhale slowly. Repeating the process produces calmness. 
  2. Take a short walk outside and focus only on the sensations of walking, your feet on the ground, and the movement of your body. 
  3. Find a window and look out. What do you see? Focus on a couple things (a tree, a parked car, a bird, etc.)  Avoid labeling and categorizing what you see outside the window; instead of thinking "bird" or 'car," try to notice the colors, the patterns, or the textures. Think about those colors, patterns or textures and how they are formed to be the object you are looking at. Do this for a few minutes to clear your mind and be back in the moment.
  4. Learn more here: Mindfulness techniques

Keith Stein | 4/25/2024

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