By Brenda Miranda, LCSW
In this busy modern world, it can be difficult to slow down and take some time for ourselves. Mindfulness is a simple technique that can help you be more present and become aware of what’s happening inside and outside your body. Mindfulness means being aware of what you’re experiencing in this moment and accepting as it is, without trying to push your experience away or thinking that it’s wrong. Mindfulness can be a tool to practice to avoid self-criticism and judgment while identifying and managing difficult emotions. Mindfulness can help you be kinder to yourself and to others. You can explore mindfulness in varies ways, including breathing practices, meditation, movement, art, journaling etc.
Mindfulness is available to you at any moment, which makes it easier for you to use even when you’re busy or when you just don’t have time. It’s completely up to you, you get to choose when or how to use it. You can be mindful of what is happening internally, which includes your thoughts, breath, and body. You can also be mindful of what is happening externally in the environment around you. Practicing mindfulness can benefit you in so many areas of your life creating positive changes in your overall health, attitudes, and relationships.