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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the state of being conscious of something and focusing your awareness on the present moment. While practicing mindfulness, you’re calmly aware of your thoughts and feelings. This isn’t just for adults. Young people can benefit from mindfulness as well.
  
We all react differently to stressful situations whether it’s a physical response or an emotional outburst. We can all learn to control how we react by gaining awareness about what caused the stress and then applying mindfulness. Mindfulness is the act of bringing awareness to the present moment by acknowledging and accepting thoughts, feelings and sensations in the body.

Mindful Walking

Just as mindfulness is the practice of bringing your attention to the present moment, mindful walking is the practice of becoming aware of your surroundings and how your body and mind feel while moving. Meditation isn’t necessarily about being still. For some people, movement is helpful for becoming more aware of their bodies and minds, as well as the present moment. Choose a route, preferably outdoors, where you can walk uninterrupted for at least 10 minutes. Dedicate the time simply to walking — mindful walking isn’t about getting to a destination or running an errand!

Here are the benefits of mindful walking?

Mindful walking blends two important de-stressing methods: movement and mindfulness. Physical activity, even if it’s walking, is shown to steady your heart rate, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress-inducing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. On top of the benefits of walking itself, mindfulness also has benefits that can improve your body and mind. Discover the physical and mental benefits of learning how to ground yourself with mindful walking.

Here are six steps and see how mindful walking can be an excellent addition to your everyday routine.

  1. Before your walk, stand still, focusing on your breathing. Take a mental note of how your body is feeling.
  2. At the beginning of your walk, bring your awareness to your movements and sensations in your body.
  3. What to notice, the feelings in your feet, legs, arms, chest, and head.
  4. Begin to open your attention to the sights around you.
  5. You might find yourself distracted by other thoughts, this is ok and normal simply to return to the focus on the movements of your feet, your breath, or the sensations in your body.
  6. When you are done, notice how you feel. Do you feel calmer, energized, or focused?

Like any new activity, you’ll have to practice mindful walking to really get the hang of it. Once you’re able to quickly focus your attention on your breathing and movement, you’ll enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with mindful walking.

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