Tuesday 05 April, 2016.
Doing simple mindfulness exercises relieves stress, calms your mind and helps to alleviate anxiety and panic attacks.
For me, mindfulness makes all the difference in my everyday life…
It means that I don’t drag emotional muck from the past into the present; and neither do I panic about what might or might not happen in the future.
Simple Mindfulness Exercise
Here is a quick mindfulness exercise you can test right now…
When you are in the middle of a task and you feel a little stressed, stop.
Take a moment to carefully watch yourself so you can identify what is bothering you.
Find everything you can…
Are you expecting something bad to happen? Is an argument from this morning still going on just below the surface of your consciousness? Are you worried about something? Is some part of your body in pain?
Make a note of everything you find…
Now deal with these thieves-of-concentration one by one…
Make the phone call that is on your mind. Take a head-ache tablet if you need to – or better still, do a self-head massage. Apologize to whomever you were fighting with. Put things that are on your mind on the list for tomorrow (in writing). Even if all you can do is acknowledge that there is nothing you can do right now, do that.
After doing these quick mindfulness exercises, you’ll feel less stressed, and you’ll be able to concentrate more effectively on the tasks at hand…
As you may know, the mere act of watching your mind actually influences your behavior. That’s how effective a mindfulness exercise can be!
What does this mean for you?
It means you may no longer be dominated by emotional storms and destructive thought patterns.
More Useful Information
- Mindfulness for Beginners will tell you more about the art of being mindful and the benefits of focusing your attention in the present moment.
- Mindfulness Meditation is the practice of returning your attention to the present moment each time your mind wanders into thoughts of the past, or starts thinking about the future.
- More Mindfulness Exercises for you to try. Being mindful really becomes such a pleasurable way to see life. And everything you do can become an act of mindfulness.