Mindfulness is a word that is often used in many settings and can typically be described in broad and occasionally vague terms. Today I'm going to describe this helpful technique into more clear language.

Mindfulness is best described as giving your mind a break or vacation from the stress, anxiety, or frustration you may have going on at a particular moment in time. In practice, if you are feeling lost, angry, frustrated, or other similar feelings, mindfulness offers a powerful tool to address those feelings. Mindfulness asks you to take two to five minutes to just sit and think about how you are feeling in a moment, using all of your senses to focus on yourself.

Here are some examples: 

  • Am I breathing fast?
  • How does my head feel?
  • What kind of mood am I in? 
  • Am I hot or cold?
  • Do I smell anything nearby?

Mindfulness is a skill like any other and requires practice to see the benefits of it. In my next blog post on April 28th, I will discuss the benefits of mindfulness for students and adults.