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With the stress of everyday life, not to mention what the past year has thrown at us, Mindfulness Training is even more critical than before for your mental health.  Not only has the pandemic driven up our anxieties, with schools and businesses closing down, but if you do have a job, it probably has been stacked with doing more with less.

These everyday things can stack up quicker than you realize on to you, causing you to be more stressed and enjoy less quality life.  In some areas, gyms have been closed for close to a year, and the everyday outdoor activities have slimmed off with the weather.  There is hope to regain your sanity and bring yourself to a calmer place.

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Mindfulness and Meditation

By practicing mindfulness and meditation, it can do wonders for the body.  Even just a quick three-minute session can take some of the weight off of your shoulders.  Brittany Smith, writing in Men’s Journal, lists several ways that this can help.

Some of the points that stood out to me more about the benefits of mindfulness are sleeping better, with the ability to calm the mind, the sleep that can be attained is more beneficial when you practice mindfulness.  Even though it is ok for your mind to “wander,” it does this many times a day anyway. It is essential to acknowledge this but bring it back to focus.

Relieving stress and fighting depression were other benefits that stood out to me.  Not only by accomplishing these two feats, but you will also improve your overall quality of life and be a better version of yourself.

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Practicing Mindfulness

Now I know what you are thinking, I need to go to a gym or sit in an uncomfortable pose to do this, but the answer is all you need to do is sit down.  It is that simple.  Sit comfortably in a chair and relax your body and focus on your breathing.  You do not need to bring spirituality into this, but it does take practice.  While you are focusing on your breathing, your mind will wander.  This action is normal and ok, but you do want to try and remove distractors.

Removing your cell phone and sitting in a quiet place, especially in the beginning, will help you try and focus better.  As you breathe, you want to feel the weight of the world leave your body.  When your mind wanders, please bring it back into focus.  By doing this often, you will soon be able to control your thoughts and get yourself back to center.

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Benefits of Mindfulness

After some practice, you will see a renewed you, you will have the ability to handle stress better, and you will be able to remain calmer intense situations.  There are other benefits as well. It is known to lower the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death and reduce chronic pain. (Brittany Smith) It can also help you come up with better ideas of creativity in your work.  Some studies have shown that it can help you get sick less often and reduce chronic pain.

I challenge you to try this for a week, just five minutes at a time, work that into your busy life.  You will see and feel a difference in your ability to remain calm and practice being in the moment of life.  You will enjoy things better and see things from a different perspective.

Leave a comment in the Forum about the impacts this has had on your life!

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