Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
Mindfulness strategies are short exercises one can use to manage stress, uncomfortable feelings and overwhelming thoughts. Regular use of Mindfulness exercises can help to manage feelings of anxiety and anger, decrease depression and improve sleep. Below is an example of a mindfulness exercise:
5 Senses Mindfulness Exercise (also known as grounding or centering)
Look around you:
- 5 Name five things you can see
- 4 Name four things you can feel (ex: feet touching the floor)
- 3 Name three things you can hear
- 2 Imagine your two favorite things to smell
- 1 Imagine one thing you love to taste OR state one thing you like about yourself
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