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Practice Mindfulnesss

Stop. Take a Breath. Be Mindful.

Stop. Take a Breath. Be Mindful.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mindfulness is the state of moment-to-moment awareness of one's experience without judgment. It is human nature to sometimes live on autopilot.  We have tendencies to rehearse the future — what will I do next? Or rehash the past — I shouldn’t have done that.  

Being mindful is noticing what is happening right now; without judging or trying to fix it. Being mindful and aware allows you to tune into signs and signals that your body and mind is sending. 

Benefits of practicing mindfulness include reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, less emotional reactivity, increased cognitive flexibility, and relationship satisfaction. When we are present, we can make conscious, proactive choices about every aspect of our health. 

Formally practicing mindfulness includes activities that allow you to dedicate time to meditate and be in the present moment; and informally—simply paying attention to what you are already doing, such as drinking a cup of coffee or petting the dog. Try a few of these simple steps to begin your mindfulness journey and remember that presence takes practice! 

VA is here to support your mindfulness

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Information printed courtesy of VA Women Veterans Health Care


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