Adding mindfulness practices to your personal well-being toolkit can help you feel your best at home and at work. When you feel your best, your self-efficacy improves, your performance improves, and your desire to learn and grow improves too. 

What is mindfulness? 

Mindfulness is the act of being fully present and aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without judgement.

3 tips to incorporate mindfulness practices into your day

  1. Pay attention: It can feel hard to slow down and notice things—how they look, sound, feel, smell, or taste. Try to take a few minutes each day to consciously notice your surroundings. If you’re outside, try to experience the environment with each of your senses. If you’re eating, purposely pay attention to the aroma and taste, allowing you to truly savor the meal.
  2. Practice breathing: How often do you think about your breathing? If you feel negative thoughts or feelings coming on, calm your mind and simply focus on your breathing. Inhale for a count of 4. Hold that breath for the same count of 4; exhale for 4 counts, and finally, hold that breath for 4 counts.
  3. Accept yourself: Treat yourself as you would a valued friend—be aware of your needs, wants, challenges, and triumphs each day. Celebrate your successes and learn from the negative. Talk to yourself the way you would talk to a loved one.

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