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Description

Mindfulness means paying attention to where you are and what you are doing at any moment without feeling overwhelmed. It is being present and fully aware of your experiences without overanalyzing the current situation.

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Benefits

  • Improved physical health
  • Improved mental health
  • Increased self esteem
  • Better at handling stress
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Required Equipment

None

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How to Do It

The most common way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. Start by sitting still and inhale and exhale through your nostrils or mouth while focusing on the feeling of your chest or belly rising and falling. After you have mastered focus of your chest or belly moving, broaden your scope and slowly introduce focus to other things such as sounds, smells and thoughts.  

Another way to practice mindfulness is through single-tasking. Choose to do one activity at a time so that you can give it all of your focus with zero distractions. Mindfulness can also be done through journal writing.

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Why it works

Mindfulness works because it brings your thoughts and feelings to the forefront of your brain and allows you to focus on one thing at a time and fully explore it before moving on.

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Time Commitment

Set aside 5-20 mins per day

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Suggested Frequency

Every day

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Time of Day

Any times

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Gurus/Celebrities/Doing it

Kobe Bryant

Megan Fox

Kelly Rowland

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Possible Side Effects

None

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Tips

  • Be sure your phone and other screens and electronics are turned off.
  • Try burning a candle or dimming the lighting for a more peaceful environment.
  • Try practicing mindfulness outside, in nature.
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Supporting Studies

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  1. https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/benefits-of-mindfulness.htm
  2. https://psycnet.apa.org/fulltext/2011-10776-012.html
  3. Baer, R. A. (2003). Mindfulness training as a clinical intervention: A conceptual and empirical review. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10, 125–143.
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