Mindfulness Exercises

"Those who remove mountains begin by carrying away small stones". - Chinese Proverb

"Mindfulness is a type of meditation in which you focus on being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgement. Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you."

Mayo Clinic

Why Mindfulness?
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In simple terms...To get out of your head. We can sometimes spend so much time circling through useless, random, and even negative thoughts. This is draining.
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In order to get out of the "loop" use these quick, easy exercises that can help you reconnect, ground, and relax.
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I have tried all three.

 

1. Starfish Breathing

With your hand spread start from the base of your thumb and trace your finger up to the tip of your thumb while breathing in through your nose. As your finger traces to the space between your thumb and index finger exhale through your mouth. Repeat with all fingers, inhaling and exhaling 5 times.

2. 3 hugs, 3 deep breaths

Hug someone for tight. While hugging take 3 deep breaths. It's ok if they don't breathe with you (but they certainly can!!), your breathing will also ground them.

3. 5 senses Exercise

  • Name 5 things you can see.
  • Name four things you can touch.
  • Name 3 things you can hear.
  • Name 2 things you can smell.
  • Name 1 thing you can taste

 

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