Relaxation can support your overall wellbeing and help you to feel your best. One of the ways you can relax is through the practice of mindfulness.
The practice of mindfulness has been shown to help with both mental and physical health. It can help you to manage levels of stress and anxiety in your day-to-day life.
Mindfulness is about being in the ‘here and now’. You focus on the things you sense and feel in the moment, without judging or trying to interpret them. Mindfulness practices can involve breathing techniques, the use of guided imagery, and other methods for helping your body and mind to relax.
Meditation as a tool for mindfulness practice
Meditation uses the principles of mindfulness and can be an important way of caring for yourself. It can help your mind feel calm, clear, and centered. You may want to give it a try to see if it’s the right fit for you.
Being still and taking time to relax takes practice. But over time, you can build awareness and learn how to step away from the busy-ness of everyday life and take a few minutes to breathe.
There are also many other things you can do to relax and unwind. This may be cooking a meal you enjoy, reading a book, writing, doing yoga, or going for a walk. It can be as simple as taking a deep breath or connecting with people who you can go to for support.
Choose an activity that works for you, that you enjoy and want to continue doing. You may want to start small and just take a few minutes out of your day to slow down. This can turn into more regular practice.
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