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Mindfulness: Being Present is the Best Present to Give Yourself

With all of the uncertainty we have in the world at this time, it’s even more important to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is truly a state of mind. It’s being present in the moment, focusing on what is going on right now. You can apply mindfulness to all aspects of your life. Being mindful allows you to experience life as it’s happening, without excessive worry over the past or future. Try these tips for practicing mindfulness.

Mindful Eating

  • Avoid distractions such as reading or watching TV while you eat.
  • Focus on your food. Before you dig in, spend a couple of minutes noticing your food.  How does it look, how does it smell, how does it make you feel?
  • Take a bite. How does it taste and feel in your mouth?
  • Savor your bites – sometimes the first couple are the most satisfying. Rate your hunger level from 1 to 10 before you move on.
  • Give yourself permission to enjoy food.

Mindful Exercise

  • Begin by doing something you enjoy or maybe with someone you like.
  • Notice your surroundings. If you’re outside, look for something new. Maybe it’s the flowers or the activity of squirrels.
  • Focus on how good it feels to simply move and be active.
  • Pay attention – to the sounds around you and the breeze on your skin. If you’re lifting weights, pay attention to your form and try to perform each rep perfectly. If you’re doing yoga, concentrate on your breathing and holding a pose.

Mindful Relationships

  • Pay attention to others, listening closely to their words. Try to understand another’s point of view and delay your own reaction and judgment.

Mindful Mind

  • Take a few deep breaths when you are feeling stressed. Think about what is stressing you. Will it matter in five years? Is there anything you can do about it? If not, let it go!
  • For support, try this link https://blog.calm.com/take-a-deep-breath.

Amanda Shanahan

Corporate Wellness Program Manager at Excellus BCBS
Amanda is a native of the City of Syracuse where she stills lives with her high school sweetheart/husband, two teenagers, and dog.Growing up with a large vegetable garden and yard full of fruit trees, Amanda's love for healthy eating and living began early in life. She loves to travel, read, try new fitness classes and equipment, and spend time with her kids.Amanda is a registered dietitian and Corporate Wellness Program Manager with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Amanda Shanahan

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