One ancient antidote to stress that’s now gaining mainstream recognition is mindfulness.
So what does it mean, to be mindful?
Here’s a really simple introductory exercise that you can add into 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, simply 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 devoting ‘no time a day’activity to your day that will help you avoid these and other health risks?
If you’ve a few minutes a day to spare, explore work by Thich Nhat Hanh.
You’ll be happier as a result.