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Gratitude: Not Just for Thanksgiving

We’ve discussed the importance of mindfulness at length. Especially today, implementing a mindfulness practice can be transformational for your mood and help prevent the impacts of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Gratitude reminds us of the positive things we have and distracts from those we don’t. This mindset goes hand-in-hand with mindfulness and can be an excellent strategy for your personal practice. How can I implement a gratitude practice? Start by thinking through the verbal “thank you”s you say throughout the day. As you go about your day, really think about it when you thank the person holding the door or bagging your groceries. Don’t just go through the motions of instinctually saying “thanks” without thinking about it.  After some time...

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How to Start Your Day with Mindfulness

Even the CDC notes that pandemics are stressful! Now that all the stressors from the pandemic (fear of the virus, unknown future, changing plans) have combined with the stress of returning to school and a full-swing presidential election, people are as stressed as ever. Stress can have tons of negative impacts on your body, such as clenched muscles, poor sleep, digestion problems, high blood pressure, and more. Further, it can damage your relationships, especially if you’ve been cooped up at home with family this whole time. It’s important to develop healthy coping mechanisms and routines for minimizing your stress. Implementing a morning mindfulness practice can be a great way to certain your mind and reduce stress at the beginning of...

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