Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Focus more to ease stress

Life is full of stress, which can be felt both physically and mentally. Even though the stress response begins in the brain, it is a full-body phenomenon. The best way to counter stress is to focus on what is happening.

Mindfulness is the opposite of multitasking and can be a powerful therapeutic tool. The idea is to focus on what is going on in the present and to accept it without judgment. Research has shown that mindfulness can alleviate anxiety and reduce physical symptoms.

Do-it-yourself methods
While you are doing activities that you enjoy, pay attention to what is going on in that moment. Become aware of sounds, sensations and ideas. If your mind starts to wander, focus on your breathing.

Practice makes perfect
Mindfulness should be practiced on a regular basis. Make a commitment to become more mindful or aim for doing 20 to 45 minutes of mindfulness practices almost every day. Start slow and build gradually because it is hard to make big changes.

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