Are you tired of the daily grind? You do not have to let stress and negative thoughts dominate your life. Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed or that you can’t possibly get through another challenging day, but you can. The trick is called mindfulness.
“Mindfulness”, also known as “awareness”, is a way of purposefully paying attention to the moment in everyday life. This means deliberately focusing on everyday activities, thoughts and feelings. Research shows that mindfulness can reduce stress over time and increase resiliency. It can also help us recover from physical injuries, stay calmer in the midst of stress or difficult family discussions, and help us stay focused at work. Mindfulness techniques are also incorporated into practices that prevent and address thoughts of suicide.
Mindfulness is an intentional action on your part to change your perspective and be consciously aware of the present moment. It is not letting your past circumstances have more time than your present activities. Follow these five steps to get start practicing mindfulness today:
To learn more about incorporating mindfulness skills into your life, contact your local Community Counseling Program. If someone you know has thoughts of suicide, there is help! Call the Military Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255, then press 1.
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