We often hear about the benefits of meditation or "being mindful," but new research proves (yet again) that it really works. The article below from NPR shares the details.
I know that the idea of meditating turns a lot of people off or seems reserved for those more spiritual types, but there are actually lots of ways to be mindful or to be in a meditative state. For example, I love to walk! In fact, I refused to move to any neighborhood without a three-mile quiet loop I could walk. When I walk, I let my mind be open and clear--thoughts come in, I acknowledge them, and then let them go. No headphones! The beat of my feet on the pavement sets up the rhythm for a no-brainer meditation. I truly listen to the sounds of the birds (or snow falling on my jacket) and breathe deeply as I walk. That's it.
Another form of being mindful is simply taking a moment to inhale deeply through the nose and blow out whatever thoughts you don't want. That's a good one for work! Do 5 breaths every hour and you've got about 7-10 minutes of meditation packed into your insane day. Add a few more breaths before you eat anything (to encourage healthy eating habits) and a few when you close your eyes to sleep. I think you'll be encouraged by the results. Let me know!