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Building Your Mindfulness Muscles During Stressful Times

Navigate Challenging Times by Building Your Muscles!

It seems like every day there’s another headline to make us concerned and full of uncertainty. Probably more than any other time that I recall, it’s been pretty stressful. 

So, I thought I’d share some ideas about how to navigate the turmoil by building the muscles of “Mindfulness.” Mindfulness is something we hear a lot about these days and I couldn't think of a better time to put a “mindfulness” practice into action.

Mindfulness isn’t really an “action” but more like a state of being, going quietly within and even connecting with our higher power, whatever that may mean to each of us individually. In addition to meditation, some of my favorite ways to be mindful include moving my body: • Power walking • Strolling slowly with my dog and smelling the flowers • Yoga and stretching while focusing on my breath • Listening to soothing music • Lying down flat on the floor with my legs spread and arms out with eyes closed • Reading a good book • Dancing Did you know that simple daily chores can give us an opportunity to practice mindfulness. When I have a moment that I just feel anxious and can’t clear my head on what to do next, that’s my cue, I need a “time-out!”  Mindfulness at the Carwash! One of the curious ways I clear my head is to take my car to the car wash and clean it. Going through the tunnel with all the soap and funny curtain scrubbers is a unique moment of silence from the world. The cell phone doesn’t work well in there. Taking time to wash the windows and wipe down the dashboard and seats provides me a quiet, soothing quality. It's a small kind of accomplishment...but it helps me regain my balance and confidence. The mindfulness of being fully present in the moment can be used to create crafts, or can even be practiced while doing the dishes or mowing the lawn. During these uncertain times, it’s a GREAT time to put mindfulness into practice in your daily life. Please remember, just like learning anything, practice makes perfect. When you practice daily, you will build the “muscle memory” of Mindfulness – give you a clear edge when the stress comes knocking. I'm always here to help. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool for releasing worries, stresses and to help you refocus on what is important to you. Please have a safe and healthy weekend and Happy Father's Day! With Love, Pat

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