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Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness For Dummies by Joelle Jane Marshall

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Chapter 8

Living Mindfully Day-to-Day

In This Chapter

  • Incorporating daily mindfulness exercises
  • Using mindfulness to improve your relationships
  • Finding out how mindfulness can help with difficult relationships

One great advantage of mindfulness is just how easily you can incorporate it into your everyday life, helping to improve your work life and relationships as well as boost your daily wellbeing.

In this chapter, I explain how to bring mindfulness exercises to your regular daily activities. The benefits include a better work life, including even your commute, and also improved intimate and nonintimate relationships.

Engaging in Daily Mindfulness Meditations

Mindfulness essentially cultivates an awareness of the present moment, which you can apply to most things that you do on a daily basis. As your mindfulness practice deepens, you find that doing these daily activities allows you to engage more with everyday life. This experience deepens your enjoyment and connection of your life.

Drinking tea mindfully

You can even drink a cup of tea mindfully. This practice gives you a little break and time to check in with yourself.

Usually, when you drink a cup of tea, you are not present. Your thoughts take you away to all that is going on in the mind (for example, Planning and worrying).

If you feel that your levels of anxiety are too much to cope with a full-length sitting or body scan meditation (see Chapter 5), this exercise can be of great benefit to you.

Most people drink tea on ...

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