"Mindfulness meditation may help wandering minds to focus better" Denise Green-Grisham Matagorda County Extension Agent – 4H & Youth Development Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

   Is your mind constantly wandering? 
   Do you have a hard time concentrating? 
   Are your thoughts and experiences clouding your judgement? 
   Mindfulness meditation practice may help wandering minds to focus and fully experience the present moment - all by applying nonjudgmental thoughts, feelings, and emotions. 
   Mindfulness is a way of living and a method intended to pave the path for a complete awakening. 
   A team of Healthy South Texas Specialists at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offered a few basic tips to get you started on Mindful Living: 
   Sometimes we are overwhelmed by certain situations and may lose our ability to cope with the pressure. 
      Recognize negative thoughts and gradually learn to dismiss them by focusing on the positive side of each situation. 
   Be aware of stress inducers by identifying the underlying causes. Develop an action plan with a healthy coping strategy such as deep breathing or simple physical activities that could help with stress management. 
   Do not always worry about your to-do list. 
   Spend quality time with family, socialize with friends, and more importantly allow yourself your own personal time. 
   When time permits, unplug from social media and technology. 
   Go outdoors to connect with nature and get some fresh air. Meet new people or reconnect with your kith and kin through face to face interactions. 
   Listen to your loved ones with full attention. 
   Listening enables you to be sensitive to the other person’s emotions and helps to accurately understand what they are trying to convey.  
   Practicing mindfulness does not wipe out life’s problems. 
   Instead, you are training and preparing your mind to stay composed by being more cognizant of the negative thoughts and emotions that originate from stressful situations. This practice leads to greater acceptance of yourself and your circumstances and may thus impact your approach and reactions to different situations. 

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