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What Happened to Living In the Moment? 5 Tips to Remaster “Mindfulness”

December 11, 2017 by NCSF 0 comments

Your activity tracker beeps drawing your attention. Then you receive a notification from Instagram that someone just commented on your picture of lunch. Then your sister texts you. Distractions in our daily life, specifically digital ones, are increasing and making it tougher to focus on the moment.

Just think about it… do you find yourself checking your social media updates on your phone while also trying to watch a movie with your significant other?

Do you get home from work and not remember anything that happened on the ride home?

Do you run a couple errands on the weekend and forget the most important thing you needed to get done while you were out?

These are common examples of not being focused on the moment and task at hand that most people can relate to. When the mind is cluttered it fails to fully focus on any one task.

Mindfulness can be defined as a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment. When used as a therapeutic technique it often involves calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and sensations. This has become a diminishing art form in today’s busy, multi-tasking society.

So how can a person snap themselves out of autopilot?

Some well-being specialists recommend stopping all activity for 5 minutes each day (multiple bouts if possible) to be present in your body and be aware of your breathing and heart rates. This is said to help develop a small habit of just slowing down and resetting your brain during a whirlwind of a day – which can translate into a better ability to focus on what you need to do next without any distractions.

The following include a few simple yet practical mindfulness activities that can be incorporated into one’s lifestyle to make them more self-aware - and an eventual master of mindfulness for improved focus, lowered stress, reduced conflicts, and enhanced decision-making skills over time.

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