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Savor the Present when Practicing Mindfulness

If like many people you find yourself constantly planning for a future but never really enjoying the present moment, perhaps you can try the practice of savoring the now. This practice is essentially mindful [more…]

Be Kind when Practicing Mindfulness

Recently, on a BBC television program, three keys to wellbeing were suggested: be mindful, be grateful and be kind. What a wonderful suggestion! Take a deeper look at this form of wellbeing: kindness. [more…]

Flex Your Smile Muscles when Practicing Mindfulness

When you focus on smiling, you reduce your stress levels, encouraging more peaceful and relaxed sensations. By putting a smile on your face, you automatically begin to lift your mood. You don’t even have [more…]

Boost Creativity with Mindfulness

Nobody can say for certain how mindfulness leads to creativity. Although the precise nature and origin of creativity is mysterious, one thing’s for sure: when you have a calm mind, creativity naturally [more…]

Encourage Creative Solutions through Meditation

You can use visualizations alongside mindfulness meditations and exercises. Some people are more visual that others, and enjoy them. Here’s a visual mindful meditation that you can use to help find creative [more…]

Use Mindfulness to Manage Stress

Mindfulness may seem to be a strange way to cope with the stress in your life. Perhaps you’re wondering how becoming more aware can help you cope with, say, an elderly parent, a challenging job or a busy [more…]

Measure and Respond to Stress when Living a Mindful Life

When beginning the process of getting back in control of your stress, the first step is to record your levels of stress for a few weeks. Use the following table to get you started this week and see what [more…]

Take a Step Back from Your thoughts and Emotions to Reduce Stress

Taking a step back from your thoughts and emotions is a great way to manage your stress response. When you do so, the thoughts and emotions lose their power to affect you, and you’re able to watch them [more…]

Use Mindful Approaches to Ease Anger

If you find that you’re excessively or often angry and want to get your emotions under control, the following exercises have some practical, mindful ways of managing your anger. Give them a try and see [more…]

Mindful Meditations to Boost Your Energy

Here are three meditations developed to help boost people’s energy. Rate your energy level before and after each meditation and see whether the practice has a positive effect for you. Usually the positive [more…]

Deal with Depression the Mindful Way

Clinical depression is different than experiencing a low mood that passes: a low mood along with other symptoms lasting for at least two weeks. Clinical depression is very common, affecting two out of [more…]

Practice an Alternative Viewpoint Exercise

In this exercise you discover how your emotional state affects your thoughts, emotions and reactions. When you are living a mindful life, you need to be aware of your emotional state. [more…]

Create a Personal Early Warning System for Depression

As you become more mindful, you begin to notice some typical warning signs that depression may be coming. For example, you may start to feel tense in your chest, begin criticizing everyone, feel irritable [more…]

Manage Anxiety with Mindfulness

Mindfulness can help with managing an anxiety disorder, but check if your health professional agrees first. Here are some of the key ways in which practicing mindfulness can help you to manage anxiety: [more…]

Mindfulness Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

An interesting form of therapy that uses mindfulness is ACT — Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Developed in the early 1980s by Steven Hayes, ACT is grounded in quality science and yet has elements that [more…]

How to Cope with Your Fears through Mindfulness

Here are a few tips for coping with your anxiety and fears from the UK’s National Health Service. Many of them are about acceptance and moving towards your fears, which is also of course the mindful way [more…]

The Mind-Body Connection

Although Western medicine viewed mind and body as being separate for hundreds of years, many of the top universities around the world now study and teach mind-body medicine: using the fact that your thoughts [more…]

Boost Your Immune System to Reduce Your Stress

Stress is a modern epidemic. What used to be considered clinical levels of anxiety in the 1950s in young people are now average. Many possible reasons exist for the high levels of stress in modern society [more…]

How to Identify Activities That Drain or Boost Your Energy

Some activities act like holes in a bucket — leaking your energy away. You can stop those energy leaks by identifying and then avoiding lifestyle and mental energy drainers and carrying out energy-boosting [more…]

The Concept of Happiness and Mindfulness

Happiness has been a topic of interest for thousands of years, from the ancient Greek philosophers to modern-day psychologists and neuroscientists, and the eternal question ‘What constitutes a happy life [more…]

Refuse to Define Yourself by Your Illness

One of the things about ill health is that you can all too easily identify yourself with the disease. If you suffer from anxiety, which causes much physical and mental discomfort, you may say, ‘I’m anxious [more…]

How Mindfulness Can Help with Pain

Pain can bring your life to a standstill. One of the recommended techniques for pain management is the mind-body approach, including mindfulness. You can’t do the activities you used to take for granted [more…]

Ease the Emotional Suffering of Pain with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about separating the physical sensation of pain from the emotional suffering that’s automatically generated in your being, and so you discover how to bring your awareness to the pain with [more…]

Use Meditations to Deal with Your Pain

You can use any mindfulness meditations to help you cultivate a more non-judgmental, curious and compassionate awareness towards your pain. Here are a few to try [more…]

Mindful Parenting: An Art of Living

Parenting can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Watching your child grow and nurturing them with the best you can offer can be deeply satisfying. But raising children certainly isn’t easy. You [more…]

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