If you are struggling with mental health challenges or just trying to manage every day stress, mindfulness and gratitude are great tools to use. They are simple, research backed ways of improving your mental health and your overall well-being.
Mindfulness is the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at the moment — free from distraction or judgment, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them.
The best part is, mindfulness exercises can be done by anyone, at any time, at any age or level of ability. A breathing exercises like the one below takes just one minute, and the results are immediate! One can do this mindfulness breathing exercise when you are in any unpleasant situation such as sitting in traffic, or before a job interview, or if you are feeling really blue. A mindfulness meditation may at first sound like funky new-age medicine, but rather it is a simple, common-sense breathing exercise that anyone and everyone can benefit from!