Stress Reliever

Stillness with meditation is an activity that calms the mind an keeps it focused on the present. It is effective in controlling anxiety, enhancing the immune system, and reducing conditions such as high blood pressure.

During mindfulness meditation the mind becomes aware of but does not react to the wide variety of sensations of feelings and images tied in with a current activity.

Become more focused and aware, so your mind and body can be at the same place at the same time.

Brain scans have shown that mindfulness meditation increased gray matter in brain areas associated with learning, memory and compassion, and a decrease in the part of the brain linked to anxiety and stress.

The U.S. Department of Education is now funding a major study on how mindfulness can help teachers cope with the pressures of overburdened classrooms.

Mindfulness can help you reconnect with your body’s cues for hunger and satisfaction. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that learning mindfulness strategies helped participants eat more slowly, and eat up to 300 fewer calories a day.

Mindfulness can be done anywhere. Sit in silence and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe slowly and deeply. If your mind wonders, just bring all of your attention to your breathing. Just doing this for ten or fifteen minutes a day will be very beneficial.

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