Take 10 for Mindfulness
Take 10 for Mindfulness

Take 10 for Mindfulness

The meditative practice called mindfulness can help you get centered and re-focus on what's meaningful to you.

Your Health

HealthDay News


WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Feel yourself being pulled in a million directions and losing track of what's really important? The meditative practice called mindfulness can help you get centered and re-focus on what's meaningful to you.

READ: Making the Most of My Mindfulness Journey

And it doesn't take time that's already in short supply on your busy schedule. You can reap the benefits in less time than it takes for a coffee break.

Mindfulness shows you how to block out distractions and replace stress and other negative emotions with a sense of well-being. You accomplish this by focusing on the here-and-now -- your present thoughts and feelings, not past concerns or future worries. You also learn to accept these thoughts and feelings without passing judgment on them, such as labeling them as good or bad, right or wrong.

Practicing mindfulness is easier than you might think. At the start of each day, you might take 10 minutes to do a few yoga stretches -- yoga incorporates mindfulness because it teaches you to focus on your breathing as you move through poses.

Or spend 10 minutes at lunch or anytime during your workday to do a head-to-toe de-stress. Breathe in and out as you zero in on each part of your body, going from toes to the top of your head.

To unwind at night, consider more formal "guided" mindfulness, maybe with a podcast you can listen to through your smartphone. The UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free ones, starting at just 3 minutes long.

Who doesn't have time for that?

Copyright © 2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

ADVERTISEMENT

COVID-19 Scams: Not Even Masks Can Protect Us From This Danger

Scammers always prey on the vulnerable. And, with the pandemic looming large, a lot of people are vulnerable right now.

Your Wellness

As Death Approaches, Our Dreams Offer Comfort, Reconciliation

One doctor's research finds that over 80% of his patients had end-of-life experiences that seemed to entail more than just strange dreams. And they always increased in frequency near death.

Family & Caregiving

Many Black Americans Aren’t Rushing To Get the Covid-19 Vaccine — A Long History of Medical Abuse Suggests Why

Black people are acutely aware of the history of racism in the medical establishment, and the ways it persists today

Your Care