Stress and stressful situations are an inevitable part of our lives. Whether we experience it at home, at work, at school, or all three, learning how to manage stress can change the way we experience the present moment. Fortunately, there are several easy and adaptable ways to train our minds so that we can regain calm and cope with stress.
Meditation is a way to train your mind using awareness and attention. It is not a practice to learn to shut off your thoughts or feelings but rather to learn to be okay with them and let them pass as you observe them without judgement.
Headspace Guide to Meditation | Netflix Official Site
Headspace takes a friendly, animated look at the benefits of meditation while offering techniques and guided meditations to jump-start your practice.
Breathing exercises can have two functions. The first is to simply notice how the breath enters and exits the body, without changing anything about the breathing. The second is to encourage slow and structured breathing in order to induce calm, release tension and stress in the body and mind, and anchor ourselves in the present moment.
Start at the top left corner and work your way around the square, using a 4 count for each side.
1. Breathe In – through your nose 2. Hold – neither breathe in nor out 3. Breathe Out – slowly, imagine you’re using a straw 4. Hold – once again
Try it out for 2 minutes and notice the big difference a little mindfulness can make!
Visualization involves imagining the desired outcome of your goals in detail. It’s a practice used by many athletes when training for big competitions and helps one connect to the feeling and reality of achieving their goals.
New To Visualization? Here Are 5 Steps To Get You Started
Find out about how you can use visualisations in your work and personal life. This will help you to create a life that you are happy with, and reach your potential.
Yoga can be practiced in an attention focused way. You can pay attention to your breath, your posture and how your body moves between poses.
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Mindfulness involves being in the present moment. It helps you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours without judgment. Mindfulness allows us to participate in life with intention and acceptance.
How to Practice Mindfulness – Mindful
Becoming more aware of where you are and what you’re doing, without becoming overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around you.