You can practice in the car, at work, even during meals—health experts say mindfulness can be applied anywhere. “Mindfulness can be anything. It can be any activity that we do. It can be breathing. It can be mindful eating. Being mindful about what we’re eating, how quickly we’re eating. Communication--That’s one of my favorite ones. Being fully present when you’re talking to someone, active listening, it’s all a mindfulness practice,” explained Gloria Reilly, a health services coordinator with Lee Health.
Being mindful means doing something on purpose without judgment. “People have trouble with it, that’s why we start slow. We start with small little increments. I encourage people to just maybe set a timer for one minute on their phones and just try to breathe and listen to their bodies, observe their feelings,” she said.
Taking time every day to meditate and be mindful can improve our relationships, thoughts, and overall health. “Meditation is like taking out the trash in your mind. It’s that moment to let it all out and let it go and breathe through it,” said Reilly.
Being mindful allows you to stop multitasking and give your full attention to your task. “This isn’t thinking about the past or worrying about the future. It’s setting time to be in the moment, in the now. I think we will find that we are more effective and more efficient when we focus all of our energy on one thing,” she said.
Having time dedicated to meditation and mindfulness practices every day can help you to be more mindful throughout the day.
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