Be Mindful!

Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, you just have to learn how to access it. By becoming aware of negative thoughts and emotions that arise, we have more choice in how to handle them in the moment and a better chance of reacting calmly when faced with stress or challenges.

Being mindful is an important skill to hone in on, especially during the college years and after when you can use a way to unwind and relax, while getting in touch with yourself. The benefits of becoming more mindful and incorporating it more into your life are endless, so why not try it? Here are some tips for how and why you should become more mindful in your everyday life.

How Can You Improve Your Mindfulness?

  • Meditate – Taking even just 5 minutes to sit quietly can help you feel more conscious and connected.
  • Focus On One Thing At A Time – Try take breaks in between tasks whenever possible.
  • Slow Down – Savor the process. Attention to daily tasks promotes healthy focus and can keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
  • Eat Well – Eating healthy is not only good for your body, but good for your mind.
  • Keep Technology Time In Check – Set boundaries for screen time and do your best to keep mobile devices out of reach at bedtime.
  • Move – Whether it’s walking, practicing yoga, or just stretching at your desk, become aware of your body’s need to exercise.
  • Spend Time In Nature – Getting outdoors is good for your body, mind and spirit, and keeps you in the present

The Benefits of Mindfulness:

  • Decrease stress
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve cognition
  • Improve concentration
  • Improve sleep
  • Improve physical health
  • Improve confidence & self-esteem
  • Better mental health
  • Improve physical health
  • Improve well being

Some Apps to Help You Out Along the Way!

  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Aura
  • Simple Habit
  • Oak
  • Stop, Breathe, & Think

With all of the great benefits being mindful has on your everyday life, why not give it a try? Consider incorporating mindfulness into your life with all of these easy tips to start!

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