7 Ways to Become More Mindful Without Meditating 

 

1.) Exercise without music. 

Exercising with headphones is supposed to keep you motivated and positive about your workout correct? While I definitely do not disagree with this, I do think that it takes away from training yourself to be more in the present moment. Nobody disagrees that being mindful and in the present moment helps release stress, reduces anxiety, and also reduces depression, however, many people still struggle to see all the little tiny ways in which we are purposefully not being mindful.

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#DoesNOTDefineME

I was personally a part of a video that was created by a group of students taking a masters level course in social and cultural diversity course during Spring of 2018. The group decided to focus their message on how labels and stereotypes attempt to define us. The link is below. I hope you check it out. Continue reading

Stop The Stigma

As someone who has worked in the mental health field for many years, I can attest to the fact that mental illness is still very stigmatized even though there has been a lot of progress on this front in recent years. It is still not  understood very well by most people. Heck, even the researchers and clinicians in psychology sometimes don’t have a full grasp of understanding how, what, or where mental illness comes from. One thing we can all agree on is that the stigma of mental illness  is not a good thing, not helping anyone, and should be stopped. To take a lesson from spiritual teachers such as Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer, instead of judging others, try being kind instead. It’s not an easy thing because we all judge people and things every day, and many times we can even be right in our judgments. However, ideally I myself would rather be kind than right. Kindness is always the best step. 

Please watch the link below: https://www.ted.com/talks/ruby_wax_what_s_so_funny_about_mental_illness?language=en

What to Say to Someone with Anxiety?

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For those who haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it might be difficult to truly understand what’s going on inside the mind of the 40 million American adults who live with it.

What exactly do you say to a loved one who is feeling extreme stress and anxiety? How do you make them feel better if you can’t understand it or relate to it yourself? It may feel like a fool’s errand, but the truth is, anxiety disorders are more relatable than you think. Continue reading