One ancient antidote to stress that’s now gaining mainstream recognition is mindfulness.
So what does it mean to be mindful?
Here’s a straightforward introductory exercise that you can add to your day, and that takes no time:
- Choose a habit – something you do on your own every day, like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or drinking morning coffee
- Pay close attention to what’s happening while you do it
- Be fully aware of how it feels, smells, sounds, tastes and so on
- If your mind wanders, notice where it went to, and guide it back gently to the present moment
Reducing stress lowers the likelihood of burnout, stroke, heart attack and depression.
Isn’t it worth including some no-time-a-day activity in your life to avoid these and other health risks? And it will increase your happiness too!