When you think of mindfulness, you probably think of an overall sense of positivity and well-being. You may also think of a lot of meditation and essential oils, or creating a positive environment around you. Mindfulness, though helpful in those areas, is also beneficial to someone who is trying to reduce their daily stress and maintain a relaxed lifestyle. Here are 3 places mindfulness can be used in your daily life to reduce stress.
Journaling with Purpose
Journaling is one of the biggest aspects to mindfulness techniques. The reason for this is based on the idea that you are doing it with small purposes and larger purposes. Ideally you are writing on a routine basis and journaling whatever comes to mind. You might also explore your 'attitude of gratitude' at the end of the journal entry. This can be something that you are happy about or grateful for in that day. In addition to this, you might be go back and review your journal entries which might lead you to find the patterns that are causing stress in your life. Then take a step to remove those stress inducing issues in your life. This can be an important way mindfulness can help you relax and de-stress.
Breathing with Purpose
You may think breathing with purpose is what you do, since breathing is what keeps you alive. Though that maybe the basic reason for breathing, there are other factors to breathing that relate to your stress and mindfulness. Mindfulness techniques related to breathing help you perform calming breathing techniques with the purpose of controlling your initial stress related reactions. This is breathing with purpose and can be a vital mindfulness step in learning how your body responds to stress, then keeping those reactions in check and dealing with your stress before it hurts you physically.
Meditation with Purpose
Meditation is listed in most mindfulness techniques as part of learning your body, being aware of how it feels, and how it is reacting, it is noticing not judging. Meditation with purpose is mediating to focus on your stress, relieving that stress, and finding what the root issue is. Through meditation you can start to see a pattern in your issues and the issues you need to focus on instead of the initial knee jerk reaction of what the stress is.
These techniques can be used by themselves or can be used together to help your stress levels. You can adjust them or change them as you need and as your stress levels rise or fall. The key is to have a mindfulness routine that works for you when you need it.
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