Mindfulness is all the rage! Did you know that meditation simply means “focused awareness”? Given that definition anything can be turned into meditation. Use this simple acronym: THRIVE and practice one or more of them to improve your brain health and increase your awareness of what is happening in the moment.
Thankfulness- practice gratitude by finding 3 things you are grateful for every day.
Humor- laughter is the best medicine and can instantly diffuse a stress response. Find something to laugh about or watch a funny video.
Rest- getting enough sleep is important but so are brain breaks throughout the day. Step away from work and breath, laugh or visualize a calming place.
Inspiration- Breath! Find a breathing technique that you like best. Try inhaling to the count of 4 and exhaling to the count of 6 or 8. Or try to picture blowing up a balloon with your exhale and inhaling that air back into your lungs.
Visualize- Our mind works in images. Visualization is so powerful there is an entire industry devoted to it – Sports Psychology! Athletes visualize making the play and practice feeling the sensations associated with that success. Try imagining a scenario that you will be in and create the picture of how you want it to be.
Empathy- most people have no problem feeling empathy for others but have you tried to give yourself the same kind of compassion? Imagine talking to yourself as you would a friend. Say kind and encouraging words to yourself, every cell in your body is listening.
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