“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).” James Baraz
Stress and Its Management
We have all been stressed or anxious at one point or another in our lives. Stress is our body’s way of dealing with a threat. Mindfulness enhances relaxation and turns off the automatic stress response in difficult situations. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, remember to practice your mindful breathing. Daily practice of Mindfulness reduces stress and increases your ability to function well even during times of stress.
Please play the Stress and its Management Audio now.
Allow twenty minutes for this reflection.
Diary Questions: Please answer these questions in the ‘Take Notes’ Section.
- What were the main points of this reflection that stuck out for you?
- How can you incorporate mindfulness in your daily life today, what can you do differently?
- In what ways are you noticing that mindfulness is helping you to experience more of what life is offering you?
Assignment: Choose an event that has happened to you recently. Now think back on the event and try to re-imagine it was happening again now. This time however, try to adopt a mindful attitude to the event. Notice what is different this time.