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Mayo mindfulness: Improve your well-being

From Mayo Clinic News Network, Mayo Clinic News Network on

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Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment -- without interpretation or judgment.

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises, on the other hand, can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS EXERCISES?

Practicing mindfulness exercises can have many possible benefits, including:

-- Reduced stress, anxiety and depression

-- Less negative thinking and distraction

 

-- Improved mood

WHAT ARE WAYS TO PRACTICE MINDFULNESS?

-- Pay attention.

The next time you meet someone, listen closely to his or her words. Think about their meaning and uniqueness. Aim to develop a habit of understanding others and delaying your own judgments and criticisms.

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