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Have you ever been so stressed that you feel like you just need to take a minute and clear your mind? Meditation is a huge part of relieving stress, especially if you try to be mindful. First, let’s talk about:

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully aware of our surroundings and what our actions are. Mindfulness is something we all can do naturally; once you start thinking about it and practice daily, it will become more real and natural to you. When you bring awareness to what you are doing and use your thoughts and emotions, you are being mindful. “There is growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain” says a mindful article. Now you might be asking:

How do you practice mindfulness? Well, you don’t need to buy anything or own anything. You can practice anywhere, such as: the park, your living room, before you go to bed, when you’re working, or at school. All you need is time and your mind. You don’t necessarily need to clear your mind completely; it’s just trying to pay attention to the present without negativity or judgement. Sit down somewhere or lie down. Find a place that feels quiet and comfortable for you. Notice how your body is laid out. Focus on how tense your body is, and just relax all of the muscles in your body. Then, feel your breath as it goes in and out. To really relax, breathe in through your nose and out your mouth.

Notice how your mind has wandered somewhere else. You are probably thinking about something that happened today or maybe a year ago. When you notice your mind wandering, try bringing your attention back to your breathing. Then you just have to be kind to your mind. Don’t judge yourself for wandering to other places. Just come back and realize you are calm and in your happy place.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment of your thoughts, feelings, and knowing your body. It is completely natural to be stressed over work, school, or personal issues. You just need to keep a positive and clear mind. “When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future” says another mindful article.

Practicing this at least once a day, can put your body in a relaxed and positive mindset. Once you start doing this daily, mindfulness will come to you naturally. So remember to just relax and clear your mind for just 5 minutes of your day.






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