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Mindfulness

      During these trying times as well as everyday life, sometimes it's nice to take a moment and practice mindfulness. According to the American Psychological Association (APA.org, 2012), mindfulness is: “…a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment. In this sense, mindfulness is a state and not a trait. While it might be promoted by certain practices or activities, such as meditation, it is not equivalent to or synonymous with them.”


     When there are a million things on our plate at once it's difficult for some of us to be present and focus on one task at a time. It can affect our relationships, the way we enter a conversation, how we perform at our jobs, and much more. 

Practicing mindfulness has a myriad of benefits that include : 

  • Improved working memory 

  • Lower levels of anxiety 

  • Reduced emotional ‘reactivity’

  • Reduce stress 

  • Practice self compassion 

  • Build resilience 

  • Improve sleep  


        Starting a new life journey, a fitness goal, a promotion at a job, a new skin care regime, etc can be daunting. Practicing mindfulness for some is a scary thought given you might believe it's not possible for you to do or it will be too hard. 

Here are some suggestions to ease into YOUR OWN journey to practicing mindfulness: 

  • LA County announced their “stronger together” initiative by giving all residents a free subscription to Headspace (meditation, sleep, & workouts) 

  • “Calm” is similar to Headspace but has many different features (meditation & sleep) 

  • FREE online Breathwork Class (there are many dates to choose from) Connected Breaths


Enjoy your journey!




Reference

Moore, Catherine. “What Is Mindfulness? Definition + Benefits (Incl. Psychology).” PositivePsychology.com, 18 Feb. 2020, positivepsychology.com/what-is-mindfulness/.



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