September is National Emotional Wellness Month and there's no better time to build up resilience for the upcoming school year and holiday season approaching.
Here are my tips for building resilience through mindfulness.
Right now, as you’re reading these words, this is all that exists. Put the past aside for now. Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the next few seconds, let alone tomorrow. So, by living in the moment, you’re living in the only reality that you can be sure of. This is mindfulness. Being present and appreciating now, whatever is in your "now." Living in the here-and-now is especially helpful when you’re going through a tough time.
You can take things moment by moment, rather than worrying about the whole problem. Say to yourself, ‘I’ll live my life one breath at a time and see what happens.’
1. Get in touch with your body, be mindful of your posture, straighten up a bit, let your head rest comfortably on your spine. Relax your muscles.
2. Breathe. Live life one breath at a time. Take three deep breaths before and after tackling a task or conversation. You will be more present and mindful.
3. Accept what you cannot change. Letting go of things we cannot control can be liberating.
4. Be mindful of what and when you eat. Eat slowly, regularly and because you are hungry, not for distraction or emotional reasons.
5. When you're talking with someone, pay attention and focus on making eye contact, on really seeing them. Practice mindful listening — are you truly listening?
6. Stick gratitude quotes on your wall, mirror or computer, and bring a picture of your family to work – these things may all remind you to be grateful.
7. Spend time with grateful, positive people who inspire you. Robert Emmons, Gratitude Researcher at the University of California says, ‘If we hang out with ungrateful people, we’ll “catch” one set of emotions; if we choose to associate with more grateful individuals, the influence will be in another direction. Find a grateful person and spend more time with him or her.’
8. Listen to music. Music can help focus your mindfulness and meditation practice.
9. Enjoy nature. Enjoying the sunshine and outdoors is a great way to engage the senses and be mindful of the beautiful world around us.
10. Move your body for 30 minutes each day.
11. Sleep well. Mindfulness is associated with better quality and longer sleep, with fewer sleep disturbances.
12. Take time each day to reflect on why you’re here.
13. Discover apps on RenewVR that use the unique properties of virtual reality to encourage personal transformative change. We recommend the following designed for mindfulness:
- House of Meditation
- Mindful Million
- Flow for Breath VR
- StarFlight VR
- Meditation Now
- Provata VR
— Lisa Padilla, CEO, NewPathVR
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Events next month:
* The 3rd Annual Innovations in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health: Virtual Reality and Behavior Change in Stanford, CA Oct 6-7
* SOCAP17 is coming up Oct 10-13 in San Francisco, CA
* One Love Experience Oct 20-22 in Lake Perris, CA