Mindfulness is the act of being present in the moment, rather than focusing on the past or future. Practicing mindfulness allows you to be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and environment with acceptance and without judgment. Why be mindful?? It may contribute to a happier, healthier you by helping you improve focus, reduce stress and anxiety, treat depression, increase the ability to cope and be resilient, and improve social skills.
At a recent conference, Dr. Michelle Look, MD, who practices at our Alvarado office, learned about a technique to use every day to help you meet your mindfulness goal:
“TAKE A SIP!”
S: Take a moment of SILENCE – close your eyes and take a breath.
I: IDENTIFY what is going on in your head – did you have a bad morning; are you already behind and feeling rushed; do you have multiple issues going on; are you experiencing any judgments. Don’t force these thoughts out, just accept them.
P: Be PRESENT – try to focus on what is in front of you at this moment.
If none of this works for you, think of your mantra for 10 seconds; if you don’t have one, borrow one! Here’s an example: “No one dies with an empty inbox.”