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Managing Anxiety with Mindfulness For Dummies by Joelle Jane Marshall

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Chapter 11

Ten Simple Mindfulness Exercises for Managing Anxiety

In This Chapter

  • Discovering everyday ways to be mindful
  • Introducing mini mindful meditations
  • Embracing new activities

Mindfulness doesn't mean sitting cross-legged and meditating in that position for hours on end. Those meditations do make up some of the practice of mindfulness, but you can also bring mindfulness to the simplest of everyday activities.

This chapter explores how you can be mindful daily with ten simple exercises.

Being Mindful in Nature

I was lucky enough to go to the New Forest in Hampshire the other day. Horses and cows had free rein to walk across the road whenever they liked, rows of trees went on for miles and miles and the sun was bringing out the flowers’ beauty and colours.

Just being there, breathing in the air and walking along the edge of the forest, made me feel calm. Reconnecting with nature is a great way to rest your inner being, your deepest sense of self. Living in a city or town, you can all too easily get caught up in the busyness of city life and modern-day living.

If you do live far away from the country or from nature, here are some suggestions to help connect with nature:

  • Keep plants in your house and water them regularly or get an allotment, if at all possible.
  • Plan to get out of the city to the country on a break, if you can.
  • Notice the trees on the streets on your way to work, the birds singing and the sun in the day or the moon at night.
  • Take a moment to notice stars ...

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