Using Mindfulness to reduce stress and anxiety

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Take a deep breath.  Let it out slowly.

Setting aside just 5 to 10 minutes a day to sit quietly with the eyes closed and attention focused on the breath is a wonderful way to reduce stress and anxiety.  However, there are a few very simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives without having to set aside a special time.  Audio cues such as car horns or children laughing, or visual cues like stopping for a red light can be our reminder to take a deep breath.  Eating food slowly and mindfully is a way to connect with our bodies.

Incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine is our opportunity to slow down a little, notice what’s around us, and take a personal inventory.  Once you get into the habit, it becomes as routine as brushing your teeth or taking your daily anxiety control supplement.

So take another deep breath.  Let it out slowly.  Have a wonderful, mindful day!

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