The holidays can be a trying time, even if you love all the celebrations and socializing that accompany them. This year (and every year afterward), it’s a good idea to shift gears mentally and focus inwardly on reducing stress and being happy.
This shift is where mindfulness comes in.
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What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the ability to be completely present and aware of where we are and what we’re doing, while not being unduly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s happening around us.
It’s not just good for our mental health either. In-depth studies from the University of British Columbia and the Chemnitz University of Technology reveal that developing mindfulness changes the way your brain matter is physically organized.
The Seven Basic Principles of Mindfulness and How to Practice Them
We’ve broken down the seven fundamental principles of practicing mindfulness according to the famous philosopher Jon Kabat-Zinn. His book Wherever You Go, There You Are is a foundational text for mindful living, and there’s so much we can learn from this practice—during the holiday season and beyond.
1 - Be Nonjudgmental
2 - Practice Patience
3 - Maintain a Beginner's Mind
4 - Develop Trust
5 - Be Present and Stop Comparing!
6 - Assume an Attitude of Acceptance
7 - Live and Let Live
Make Mindfulness a Part of You
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