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Using Mindfulness to Attain Inner Peace

The holiday season is upon us and, for most, this joyful season is not without stressors. Even the happiest holiday moments, like sitting down with extended family for a meal, can bring extra stress, like the pressures of preparing the feast.

One of the easiest ways to reduce stress is mindfulness. Mindfulness—a mental state in which you become aware of the present moment—not only helps you cope with stress but also can help you avoid it.

It can help improve sleep, boost immunity and improve your outlook as well, allowing you to find bliss in the bustling shops and streets. Here are some ways to practice mindfulness:

  • Spend 10 to 15 minutes at the end of your day meditating.
  • Take a minute in the middle of your day to breathe and notice how your body feels.
  • Simply sit and notice your emotions. Are you feeling happy, frustrated or content?
  • Conduct a body scan. Allow yourself to breathe and relax each part of your body.

Traditional meditation or mindfulness not for you? Consider these tips to limit stress:

  • Carve out time for yourself. Book a massage, attend your favorite exercise class or enjoy a quiet night in to recharge your batteries.
  • Make your health a priority. Getting outdoors and being active can do wonders for clearing the mind and give you a dose of endorphins. Get plenty of sleep and maintain a balanced diet to ward off colds and flus.
  • Give the gift of being present. Even during time off with friends and family, many people feel the pressure to keep up with work and find it hard to turn off their phones. Scheduling time for checking emails and then powering down the rest of the day can be a great way to balance.

 

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