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Are you mind-full or mindful?

It is so easy to overwhelm ourselves these days. With work, school and family life, multitasking may seem like that way to go.


But when you look at the research, multitasking lowers IQ, shrinks the gray matter in our brains, and lowers productivity by 40%. Whereas mindfulness increases gray matter and improves regions of the brain that are involved with learning and memory processes, emotion regulation, and the process of awareness.


Multitasking or thinking about too many things at once may lead to increased stress and anxiety in certain situations. There may be times where multitasking is a necessary skill that we need to tap into but know that mindfulness is an important skill that can improve your mental health and wellbeing.


Here are four wellness tips to help you practice mindfulness in your everyday life:


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1. Start your day with intention:

Begin your day by setting intentions for how you want to feel and what you want to accomplish. Take a few moments to focus on your breath and visualize a positive outcome for your day.






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2. Practice mindful breathing:

Throughout your day, take a few moments to focus on your breath and bring your attention to the present moment. This can help you feel more grounded and reduce stress and anxiety.






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3. Take breaks to reset:

It's important to take breaks throughout the day to reset and recharge. This could be as simple as taking a short walk outside or practicing a quick meditation.





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4. Practice gratitude:

Cultivating a sense of gratitude can help you stay present and focused on the positive aspects of your life. Take time each day to reflect on what you're grateful for, whether it's a loved one, a favorite activity, or simply the opportunity to be alive and experience the world.


If you’re looking to incorporate mindfulness into your daily life, reach out today to speak with one of our therapists who can help you become more mindful. Contact us today to request a free phone consultation or join one of our groups.

 

References


Powell S. K. (2016). Mindfulness, Multitasking, and You. Professional case management, 21(2), 61–62. https://doi.org/10.1097/NCM.0000000000000141


 

About Wellness Tree Counseling...


Our mission at Wellness Tree Counseling is to promote wellness through a culturally sensitive lens so that individuals, families and communities are encouraged to rise to their full potential and engage life in meaningful ways.


Our vision is to provide the BIPOC community with comprehensive holistic care that empowers and equips them with skills to work toward improved mental health and well-being. We take great pride in treating the whole-person.


At Wellness Tree Counseling, we value treating our clients and community with C.A.R.E. (Compassion, Affirming, Respect, & Empathy).



To learn more about our services, please visit www.wellnesstreecounseling.com




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