Happiness Habits

March: Mindfulness

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Mindfulness

At its core, mindfulness simply means paying attention to the present moment without judging your experience as good or bad.

Scientific research has shown that mindfulness can help with a wide variety of physical and mental health issues. To see how it might help with stress, focus, anxiety, and relationships, click here.



Watch the video on Mindful Teens to see how mindfulness has helped other teens: http://mindfulnessforteens.com/youth-voices/

Tips for Practicing Mindfulness

*Practice Mindful Breathing - anytime - anywhere! Not only will it help you stay present in the moment, it's also a great way to lessen the effects of stress and anxiety.

* Take a Mindful Walk - this is a great way to practice mindfulness as you go about your day.

*Practicing a Body Scan can help you learn to recognize and release tension throughout your body, while strengthening your ability to focus and stay with the present moment.

*You can also practice Mindfulness by focusing on the details of any of your everyday experiences, such as while you are eating breakfast, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, taking a shower, or even walking between classes. To be more mindful just pay attention in that moment to how things feel, sound, look, smell, and / or taste. When you notice your mind wandering (and it probably WILL) just bring it back to the activity you are doing.

*For other ideas about how to practice Mindfulness, visit the Great Good in Action website.