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How to practice mindfulness

Mindfulness can fit in to your every day life in many different ways. Formal practices such as yoga and meditation are great ways to work on mindfulness. These can be sought out by finding a local yoga studio or gym or by using a podcast video or app, which there are plenty to choose from.

There are also may informal ways you can foster mindfulness, by bringing focused and curious attention to things you already do. Here are some examples:

(1) Mindful walking- when you go for a walk or walk from one place to another, pay attention to each step and how the rhythm of walking feels in your body. Look at your surroundings and try to notice things, see the detail in nature. Focus on the walk and all it has to offer your senses.

(2) Mindful eating-choose one meal per day to eat mindfully, so eliminate all distractions. Breakfast is often a good choice for most people. Eat your food slowly, chew slowly and pay attention to the different textures and flavours.

(3) Mindful breathing-take a few moments each day to practice mindful breathing. Focus on each breath and the sensations in your nose and throat, feel how the air fills your lungs and abdomen. Listen closely to the sound of your breathing. Pay attention to the movements in your body as you breath mindfully.

 (4) Unplug-take time away from your phone and the computer and do something you enjoy. Do it in a mindful way, taking time to savour the pleasure and happy feelings.


 

Tips For Healthy Dating

Consider these tips before you head out.

  • Meet in public places for the first few dates
  • Never meet someone you've met online in a private place
  • Only accept blind date recommendations from someone who knows both you and your date
  • If you have a cell phone, make sure that it is charged
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you will return
  • Double date or ask a friend to join
  • Never leave your drink unattended
  • Make arrangements for someone to pick you up
  • Don't be afraid to say NO 

 

School is beginning shortly! Here are some tips to help deal with stress:

  • Learn how to relax by training your body and mind to unwind through deep breathing, muscle relaxation, yoga, or any relaxing activity that you enjoy.
  • Get moving regularly whether it's a stroll at lunch or a yoga session after school. Exercise improves mental and physical functions and is a natural mood lifter!
  • Fire your inner critic and empower yourself by overcoming feelings of helplessness. Replace thoughts of "This is impossible!" with "I can do this!"
  • Brush up on nutrition and replace bad eating habits with good ones. It'll improve your energy level and your ability to handle stress.
  • Accept change and acknowledge the possibility that your day may not unfold as you imagined.
  • Reach out to the people you feel close to. Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help to ease stressful situations.
  • Find the funny side of life and learn to laugh at yourself and with others. Laughing is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to reduce stress.

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness as it is taught in educational and health contexts, is a practice of being attentiveaware and present to one's sensations and thoughts, in the moment. Mindfulness can be a formal practice such as yoga, meditation, or even watching a video or using an app to help guide you through your practice. 

Mindfulness has benefits that can help you, such as:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve memory and concentration
  • Lessen emotional reactivity
  • Increase empathy

 

Clean Spaces make for happy faces

Did you know urban places that include healthy green spaces make for happier, healthier environments. Studies show that not only are people more likely to enjoy communities that are nicely landscaped, they are also more likely to be physically active and feel safe. Some other benefits of healthy green spaces in urban environments include increased community pride, maintaining biodiversity by providing food and habitat for wildlife.