Parallels: Mindfulness

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Mindfulness is staying in the present, focusing on your thoughts, feelings and surroundings with no judgment.

Source: University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Multiple studies show that mindfulness training can reduce stress levels.

Stress is a normal response to coping with threats, but if prolonged it can lead to serious health problems.

Mindfulness meditation can help people fall asleep more easily and significantly improve their quality of sleep.

The length and quality of sleep decreases as stress increases.

NBA basketball coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors has made mindfulness one of the team’s core values.

Source: The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

Mindfulness training can improve working memory, which enables us to learn, reason and problem-solve.

Working memory typically declines with aging.

Practicing mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can prevent recurrent depression, studies show.

Depression is a leading cause of disability and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

England's National Health Service offers mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as a treatment for depression.

Source: National Health Service, UK

Practicing mindfulness at school can have a positive impact on a child's well-being, self-esteem, sleep and academic performance.

Fretting over exams and deadlines can raise levels of the stress hormone cortisol and impact performance.

The intensity of chronic pain decreased after people practiced mindfulness, studies found.

Researchers believe stress and chronic pain may trigger each other in a vicious cycle.

Mindfulness training can help buyers curb their urge to make impulsive purchases.

Impulsive buying happens when there is a strong emotional desire for a product and low self-control.

  1. Take one minute to observe your breathing. If it's fast, slow it by taking deep breaths that expand your ribs and tummy.
  2. Mindful walking is something you can practice at any time as you go about your day. Focus on the details of your surroundings, and sensations like your feet on the ground.
  3. The next time you eat, stop to observe your food and bring attention to the taste, texture and smell.
  4. Learn how to do mindfulness meditation; there are plenty of free online resources and apps for beginners.
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