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Think you are too busy for mindfulness or meditation? If your reason is, “I don’t have time in my day,” ask yourself, “How much time do I spend checking Facebook posts?” “How much time do I spend surfing the internet?”

I bet you’ll find you have five extra minutes a day for something as important as mindfulness or meditation. Most of us do, if we’re honest with ourselves. Maybe you have even more than five minutes. It’s undoubtedly worth taking this time out for a time in. We receive over 70,000 thoughts per day. That is 1.2 thoughts every second! It is so beneficial to create that ‘pattern interrupt’ to heal our minds.

Think of mindfulness and meditation as the perfect way to reduce stress, rest, and rejuvenate.

It also helps you to stay centered and clear. If you do a form of mindfulness or  meditate for a short time each day, you’ll receive many more benefits than you would spending the same amount of time sitting in front of the TV or surfing the internet. It’s all about priorities: Enhancing your health, and happiness should be at the top of your list.

Mindfulness and meditation cultivate the new normal, a restful awareness. It also helps you to be self-aware so that you know when you need rest. In general, it will change the way you operate. Instead of feeling stressed out, reactive, and anxious, these practices will help you to create a new, healthy relationship with life. You’ll be more responsive, more engaged, and more peaceful. Now who doesn’t want that?

Looking for guidance on how to practice mindfulness and meditation? HealthEase offers educational webinars for groups; contact us for details.

by Megan Forgie, HealthEase Wellness Specialist