5 Mindfulness Exercises for Stress Management

What if I said, that for 5 moments, you could feel totally stress-free? What if, by experiencing those 5 moments, you could have a future of stress-free living? No more stomach aches, no more heart palpitations, and no more mental confusion? Stress is an ever-increasing battle for many people across the nation. 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress and anxiety. In fact, 3 out of 4 doctors visits are related to stress-induced symptoms. What if I told you that stress is a fabrication of the conditioned mind and that mindfulness could train your mind to bypass stressful triggers? Would you say you were in?

I knew you would be! Mindfulness is the practice of being in the moment and realizing that in this moment, there is no stress. Stress is, in fact, caused by worrying about what is coming next or what has happened in the past; stress is very rarely caused by anything in the moment that you are currently in. When we take a moment to pay attention to our true surroundings, rather than those surroundings concocted in our minds, we realize that stress isn’t a tangible, real thing. We can always overcome things that are not real!

So, how do we take our minds out of the unmade future and the distant past? We focus on the now! We begin to understand that there are more, better sensations than just the panicked feelings of stress. Our minds begin to crave the good feelings, and bypass the bad ones. Over time, mindfulness practice creates good, stress-free habits for your body! The more you practice, the better your quality of life becomes!

5 Mindfulness Exercises for Stress Management

  1. Mindful Breathing (1 minute +)
  2. Three Bites of Joy (1 minute +)
  3. Touch of Happiness (1 minute +)
  4. Visual Awareness (1 minute +)
  5. Walking Mindfulness Meditation (5-10 minutes +)

When we practice mindfulness, we are giving our bodies compassion. This practice of self-compassion allows us to feel more love, personal strength, motivation, concentration, and positivity.

Copyright 2015 Jennifer “Aurora Moone” McDonald / All rights reserved.