Mindful exercises for beginners include:
- Pay attention: Slow down and experience your environment with all your senses. This can be hard at first but gets easier with practice. For example, stop at a forested area in the Fall. Take note of the different species of trees. See which ones are shedding leaves. Notice the colours of the forest.
- Live in the moment: Try to bring undivided attention to everything you do, and try to find joy in simple pleasures.
- Accept yourself: Realize that you are important and accept yourself as you are. Be your own good friend.
- Focus on your breathing: Whenever you have negative thoughts or a panicking over any change, sit down and take a deep breath. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a minute. This method is commonly used to calm people with anxiety.
At PCC, we educate patients on both basic and structured mindfulness techniques either individually or in groups.