Mindfulness is the antidote to depression and anxiety, which can be particularly present during the holiday season. Join us as we explore the concept of mindfulness, its benefits, and practical tips on how to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday routine.
In today’s fast-paced and hectic world, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos and lose touch with the present moment. Mindfulness means intentionally focusing on the here and now with all your senses and letting go of any other thoughts. It is a powerful antidote to depressive thinking (which focuses on the regrets of the past) and anxious thinking (which frets over future scenarios).
Culturally, we have been trained to never repeat past mistakes and prepare for the worst in the future, which mindfulness rebukes because this style of thinking weighs us down with guilt and fear. As an alternative, mindfulness asks us to let go of whatever happened in the past and the expectations we have for the future (since we actually have no idea about what will happen next in our lives anyway) and simply embrace the present moment.
For example, what would happen if you went into a holiday gathering intentionally forgetting about the embarrassing things you said last year, and not anticipating the political argument you predict will unfold with Aunt Josephine? What if you let go of any judgments and allowed events to unfold moment by moment? Imagine how present you could be with others and what a better listener you’d become if you stopped assuming what they would say before it happens!
Let’s start now. Take a moment to pause and find stillness within you. Let go of any thoughts you have about doing this practice correctly or the meeting you have to go to after this. Breathe deeply in for 4 seconds and out for 4 seconds. Listen to the sound of your breath and what it feels like inside of you to inhale and exhale. Allow any thoughts you experience that are not related to the breath to pass by like clouds in the sky. See how you are no longer stuck in the past or future or weighed down by judgment? I feel better just writing this.
Practical Tips for Practicing Mindfulness:
Benefits of Mindfulness:
Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can transform the way we experience life. By cultivating a greater sense of awareness and presence, we can reduce stress, improve our mental well-being, and enhance our overall quality of life. So, take a moment to pause, breathe, and embrace the present moment. Start incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine and witness the positive impact it can have on your life. Chat with your Radish Care Team for more information on how to get started.
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