Five on Friday – mindfulness tips

meditate Deniz Altindas

Here are some tips to ease the mind, courtesy of Huffington Post.

Practice “strategic acceptance.”
Whether you like it or not, things are the way they are. Make a point of accepting them. Don’t fight things you don’t like. Instead, make some choices that go around them.

Try a three-minute breathing space.
Take three minutes to focus on your breathing – inhaling and exhaling – noticing the breath going in and the breath going out. Do this at least once a day, if not more.

Tune into distractions around you.
Notice the things that distract you. Like the first tip, accept them for what they are and focus on the task at hand. Distractions are only that if you allow them to take your focus away from you work.

Take breaks.
Take breaks throughout the day. If you are focusing on one thing for a long time, have a break with something completely different. Sitting at the computer focusing on the screen can be broken up with a walk to the bathroom or to get a drink, where you are moving and have a different focal length.

Find a time to unplug
Have a break from technology. Try working with pen and paper. Go to lunch without looking at your phone. Try and resist checking Facebook or other social media channels for periods of time.



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