15-Minute Mindfulness Techniques to Reduce Stress

Stress can have a huge impact on an individual’s life, health and productivity. A lot of people brush off stress as just something we all have to deal with in life, but it can have dangerous effects on the quality of a person’s well-being. High levels of stress can shut down the immune system and make a person more susceptible to diseases and colds. Now, not only will a person be stressed but sick, too. Stress can cause people to crave foods high in fat and sugar. In addition, stress can negatively impact sex hormones and for women, it causes menstrual cycles to become irregular. All in all, stress brings a lot of extra worries into our lives, but practicing mindfulness throughout the day can help to reduce stress and the risk of the problems mentioned previously. 

The idea of practicing mindfulness is the same as meditating. When an individual meditates, he or she becomes more aware of his or her surroundings. Mindfulness has the same motive; it allows the individual to sustain awareness of their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and external environment. Well why not just meditate each day and call it a day? The biggest difference between mindfulness and meditation is mindfulness can be practiced during any activity, while meditation can only be done in a sitting still position. 

The health benefits of practicing mindfulness include: reduced blood pressure, more positive emotions, better working memory, improved attention and most importantly, reduced stress! 

Below, there are infographics from fix.com that explain how an individual can practice mindfulness during their everyday activities. 

Source: Fix.com Blog

Sources: MindBodyGreen.com

Curated by: Bria (@briakiara_), Access Intern