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Tip 6 Mental & Emotional Health

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The concept of mindfulness is simple. This ancient practice is about being completely aware of what’s happening in the present—of all that’s going on inside and all that’s happening around you. It means not living your life on “autopilot.” Becoming a more mindful person requires commitment and practice. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Consider inviting loved ones to participate in mindfulness. Together you can create a new habit that benefits them too!

To be more mindful:

  • Take some deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose to a count of 4, hold for 1 second and then exhale through the mouth to a count of 5. Repeat often.

  • Enjoy a stroll. As you walk, notice your breath and the sights and sounds around you. As thoughts and worries enter your mind, note them but then return to the present.

  • Practice mindful eating. Be aware of taste, textures, and flavors in each bite, and listen to your body when you are hungry and full.

  • Be aware of your body. Mentally scan your body from head to toe. Bring your attention to how each part feels.

  • Find mindfulness resources, including online programs and teacher-guided practices.

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