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’
Practice self compassion
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)
Enjoy your journey!
Moore, Catherine. “What Is Mindfulness? Definition + Benefits (Incl. Psychology).” PositivePsychology.com, 18 Feb. 2020, positivepsychology.com/what-is-mindfulness/.