5 QUICK MINDFULNESS PRACTICES

In my coaching I strive to address the “whole” person through self-care. Part of our health and wellness is being in tune with our bodies and our minds as we move through the stressors and the joys of day-to-day life. I loved working with a group this week where we could dig in to SELF-CARE through MINDFULNESS.

When we make time to be mindful, we create the conditions to stop and be present. Being in a mindful state increases our awareness of our thoughts, feelings, body, and environment. When we practice mindfulness, we get better at noticing and accepting what is coming up in our thoughts, emotions, and physical body. This can help us address and reduce stress in our daily lives.

Here are five ways be practice MINDFULNESS and increase the joy in your life while reducing the impact of any stress that can create larger health concerns later on. Practice your self-care as you increase your mindful practices each day!

1. BREATHE
Close your eyes, place your hand on your chest. Start deep breaths and focus on the natural rise and fall of your chest. Next, for deep DIAPHRAGMATIC place your hand on your belly. EXHALE as you suck IN your belly. INHALE and this time and push your belly OUT.

2. CREATE YOUR VISION
Close your eyes, envision where you would like to be by the end of the day. What do you feel? What do you see? What do you do? What do others see in you? Who/what helps you get here?

3. MEDITATION
Sit or lay down in a comfortable position. Set a time limit with music or an app like the Calm App. Clear your mind. Use a mantra or “grounding” word to repeat and focus on.

4. EFT – TAPPING
A health coach or the thetappingsolution.com app can lead and support you as you learn the tapping points and personalize the topic you are working on.

5. KEEP LEARNING NEW MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES
I like this Facebook group: People of Color and Mindfulness. Google is great too!

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