The first technique that I chose was something super simple and a great way to start my day. It’s called the 4-7-8 breathing exercise. In this exercise, you inhale through your nose for four counts, hold your breath for seven counts, and then exhale through your mouth for eight counts. I did this for about five minutes before leaving for work and then again for around five minutes after I got home that day.
Doing this exercise before work allowed me to focus on my breathing and take my mind off all of the work I knew I had to do that day. For the five minutes that I did the exercise, I was relaxed, calm, and in a positive state of mind. Even after I finished, my mind was still in a peaceful place. Doing the exercise again after work allowed my mind to return to that peaceful state after a long day of work. So, instead of thinking about the next day at work, I could positively think about the things I needed to do around my apartment and the things I needed to do for school. Normally, it would take me a while to unwind after work, but now I see that it only takes five minutes of focused breathing to accomplish the same peace of mind.
I work at The Carousel Center, a child advocacy center here in Wilmington, as the Billing Specialist. Even t...
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...ng them to figure it out along the way. In regards to mindfulness parents, guardians, and teachers, they are all more aware of their emotions, thoughts, and individuality so, teaching children that mindset can highlight the individuality of the child thus leading to being a well-rounded adult later in life.
Being mindful or taking time out of my day to deep breathe, focus on something else, or meditate seemed like too much effort and, to be honest, I did not think that it would actually do anything for me in the long run. This lead to my to-do list never being fully crossed off, but now I can say that at least one thing can be crossed off daily and that is doing some type of mindfulness technique. This leads to a happier mind and a happier mind leads to better interactions with others including children
Zinn, Kabat, (1998) The Foundations of Mindful Parenting. 53
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