Do you ever feel consumed with thoughts, emotions, worry, or fear? Maybe you should consider practicing mindfulness.

Mindfulness" is defined as, “the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.”  Since the pandemic began, there have been apps, websites, and news stories focusing on how to be more mindful. When we hear the words "mindfulness" or "meditation", it might conjure images of a yogi sitting on crossed-leg top of a mountain, but the truth is any of us can do it anywhere.

Allowing 15 minutes a day to be dedicated to mindful meditation can improve overall health. Mindful meditation consists of focusing on deep breaths, allowing the body to relax, and clearing the mind of all distractions.

Meditative activities are one technique to achieve mindfulness. Try these meditative activities at home. Find a comfortable position where you can close your eyes, focus on breathing, and refrain from distractions in silence. For slightly more activity, try walking meditation where you become fully present with every step and don’t focus on a specific destination. You can also try yoga meditation where you combine yoga and meditation practices.

The benefits of mindfulness range from mind, emotion, and body. Here are five top reasons to practice mindfulness.

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    Reduce Stress and Anxiety

    Remaining in a relaxed state lowers blood pressure and allows the mind to stop feeling consumed by thoughts.

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    Regulate Emotions

    Bringing awareness to your emotional state will improve how you react to situations throughout the day.

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    Enhance Focus

    Mindful meditation has been proven to eliminate distractions and improve your ability to focus throughout the day.

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    Feel Connected

    A meditative state can allow the mind and body to feel connected.

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    Improve Mood

    Practicing mindfulness can improve your general mood by reducing stress, assisting with productivity, and increasing relaxation.