Mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life. Being mindful can make it easier to savor pleasures in life, help us fully engage in activities, improve sleep and health, and increase our ability to deal with stressful events.
The more you practice it, the easier and more natural it becomes. In this guide, the activities are grouped into focus areas (e.g., the body, the mind, the emotions, etc). We recommended you start by picking one or two practices per week.
Try to find some time each day to practice the activities you have chosen for that week. Keep it simple in the beginning. You do not have to spend long periods of time practicing. Even taking just a few minutes can go a long way in helping you learn to be more mindful.
Taking a short break to tune in to the body and mind allows us to wind down from stress, but also get curious about our triggers. This is a practice that can disrupt automatic thought patterns (i.e., auto-pilot) that are unhelpful.
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