Taking a few minutes a day to practice everyday mindfulness can help relieve stress which is beneficial for physical and emotional health.
Stressed out? Five steps toward everyday mindfulness may help
When life gets to you, try taking a few moments for yourself
April 20, 2020
MANHATTAN, Kan. – We’re being hit with all kinds of new signals this spring: don’t leave home, but do exercise; don’t forget others’ difficulties, but do keep away from other people. And that’s on top of the usual stressors in life.
Taking a few moments each day to practice everyday mindfulness is something completely free that any of us can do to help relieve stress and improve concentration – both of which can improve emotional and physical health, say the authors of Everyday Mindfulness, a K-State Research and Extension resource that covers the origins of “mindfulness.” It also highlights research studies that confirm its effectiveness in children and adults.
Five basic steps to everyday mindfulness include:
- Commit to uninterrupted time each day to practice a mindful meditation. Start with as little as five minutes a day. Many find benefits from 20 minutes or more.
- Choose a quiet place away from technology.
- Find a comfortable position in a chair or sit comfortably on the floor.
- Focus on your breath flowing in and out.
- Release negative thoughts.
More tips about everyday mindfulness is available online. More information about physical and mental health resources in local communities is available through county and district K-State Research and Extension offices.