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We all react differently to stressful situations whether it’s a physical response or an emotional outburst. We can all learn to control how we react by applying mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment by acknowledging and accepting thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body.
Try this simple awareness exercise as a way to start practicing simply being present in any given moment.
Being mindful doesn’t mean you have to sit still. Try out this mindfulness practice the next time you go for a walk.
Learning and practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques can help you think more clearly, make better decisions and manage whatever comes your way. Mindfulness and meditation are two of the healthiest and most effective stress-busting strategies.
As you just learned, mindfulness is the objective observation of the present moment. It reduces anxiety by focusing on the present moment—not the past or the future, both of which can create anxiety. Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of focus. Try this little experiment to try out the concept of meditation:
Sit in silence for 15-30 seconds and notice your breath as it flows in and out of your body.
Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings as they arise, but just let them float by, not attaching yourself to them.
Try to continue this practice for another 30-60 seconds and notice how you feel after.