Summer chill feel like it’s wearing off lately? Eh, don’t worry. It happens — every year in fact. The shine wears off of everything new (because it was an illusion to begin with…convo for another day…), and we’re left with, well, what we actually feel.
Check out this post I wrote this time last year, about how mindfulness can help us learn to deal with negative thoughts, difficult emotions…you know, the stuff we prefer to ignore. Like a playground bully, when you look right at it, you may find some of the bite dissolves from its bark. That takes courage, though, and of course a few deep breaths.
One of the immediate benefits of a mindfulness practice is that it can make you feel more calm. Even just a few minutes of intentional breathing or focused attention can slow your heart rate, regulate circulation, and shift your body from “fight or flight” into “rest and digest” mode. Many people who engage in regular mindfulness practices (even short ones) over time report lower levels of general anxiety, insomnia, and even depression, as well as reduced physical symptoms of chronic stress. In other words, mindfulness can help you feel more comfortable, which is super ironic because it’s designed to help you tolerate just the opposite. Read More