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Mindfulness is paying more attention to yourself and the world around you by being ‘in the moment’.

It raises self-awareness and increases the ability to focus and can help us see the signs of stress earlier and actively reduce stress levels. When you are overwhelmed, paying attention to the moment, you can allow yourself to accept and understand your thoughts and feelings without judgement even when they are unpleasant. Incorporating mindfulness techniques into your life can help you cope with demanding life challenges, below are some techniques you can use.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention back whenever the mind starts to wander.

Body Scan

This exercise involves eating very slowly and deliberately while paying attention to the sensations of holding the item, smelling, tasting, chewing, and swallowing it.

Loving Kindness Meditation

An exercise in which you direct positive thoughts and wishes first to yourself, then to your close family and friends, then to more distant acquaintances, and finally to all humanity.

Mindful Movement

While walking pay close attention to your breathing, your body movements, and your surroundings. You can also practice mindfulness while doing familiar exercises, such as yoga, focusing on the physical sensations as you enter and hold each pose.