10 Ways to Boost Mindfulness During Times of Stress

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is Nurse Practitioner from the Boston area. She has been specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years, is a national speaker and consultant, and is an international bestselling author of Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life At Any Age.

What Dr. Mimi Secor can say in an interview on mindfulness:

Practicing mindfulness can be especially helpful in times of stress. In our current health crisis, millions of people continue to be affected by COVID-19 in one way or another: Health concerns or worries, employment woes, social distancing rules making it challenging to connect with family and friends have all been familiar themes.

Over the the last several months we have been barraged with negative stories on the news about the pandemic, the election, and race strife. We all need a solution or some great escapes that can help improve our mental health.

Mindfulness is a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Being present and in the moment means we put aside any negative thoughts about the past or worries about the future—and just be. Thousands of studies have linked physical and mental benefits to mindfulness.

Here are 10 great ways to practice mindfulness in our everyday lives:

  1. Meditation. Meditation is a practice of focusing on a particular object, thought, or activity to train attention and awareness to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. It’s aim is to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, while increasing peace, perception, and well-being.
  2. Reading. Reading materials that help to quiet the mind and restore peace to one’s being.
  3. Arts and Crafts. Getting lost in any arts and crafts taps into our human creativity, reduces stress, and recharges us so we can be more empathetic with ourselves and others.
  4. Conscious Eating. Eating slowly, noticing food colors, smells, flavors, drinking water between bites. Resting periodically.
  5. Aroma Therapy. Aroma therapy can rewire our moods, helping us destress, relax, sleep (especially lavender), and feel joy/gratitude.
  6. Puzzles. The concentration involved in doing puzzles can help us stop thinking about sources of stress in our lives.
  7. Gratitude. Consciously practicing gratitude on a daily basis can increase our self-awareness and help us get back in touch with what brings us joy.
  8. Positive Affirmations. Positive affirmations practiced on a regular basis (placed in sticky notes on a mirror ( can help us rewire how we think about ourselves. Examples include, “I am strong,” “I can do this,” “I am beautiful just the way I am.”
  9. Journaling. Journaling regularly can help us gain insight into our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, impulses, relationships, and much more. It is a very powerful tool for self-improvement and for developing mindfulness.
  10. Volunteering. Although we may still be practicing social distancing, there are still ways we can serve others. One simple way is by reaching out to our elderly family and friends who may be scared or anxious. Offering to help with shopping or even just calling them more often, goes a long way.  We can help in other ways, too. Donating nonperishable food to a local  food pantry or delivering supplies to those caring for COVID-19 patients are wonderful ways we can make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteering and performing acts of service help us develop mindfulness by shifting our self-centered focus to helping others less fortunate than ourselves. There is something magical about giving to others who are in need. When we reach out to others and empathize with their humanity we usually get much more back that we give. It warms our hearts, gives us much needed connectedness with others and helps us develop our mindfulness.

 

Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor is a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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