Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, increase happiness, and even improve academic performance. When we practice mindfulness, it makes it easier to become fully engaged in day to day activities, and to enjoy the pleasures in life. Additionally, it provides us a greater capacity to deal with challenging events. In fact, mindfulness has been proven to decrease depressive symptoms, boost resilience, and improve our health.
Take a Mindfulness Walk
Walk together in silence. Practice being present in the moment by noticing your surroundings. Look around. What do you see? Take a deep breath and slowly inhale. What do you smell? Listen to your surroundings. What do you hear? Take turns sharing one observation or thing you enjoyed the most about the walk and discuss how it made you feel to focus on your surroundings.
Practice Breathing with the Five-Finger Breathing Technique
Sit or stand comfortably with your back straight. Open your hand. Now with the pointer finger of your opposite hand slowly trace your fingers one at a time while breathing deeply. Inhale while moving up your fingers and exhale while moving down.