How often do you sit down and enjoy your meals? How many times in a day do you stop and stretch or take some deep breaths? That’s what mindfulness is all about—giving yourself moments throughout your day to enjoy the little things and relax, physically and mentally.
We created Mindful Moments Cards to make being mindful easy. Choose a card from the deck and find one of twenty cool activities to do with kids. Belly breathe in the living room, think of something you like about yourself, or practice the taste test at dinner! Our activities are perfect for families and the cards are easy to use anytime, anywhere.
Try the Belly Breath now. Get into a comfortable position and close your eyes. Inhale through your nose. Feel your belly fill up. Exhale through your mouth. Repeat five times.
Try the Taste Test, too. The next time you have a meal or a snack, close your eyes when you take a bite. Chew slowly as you think about the texture and the taste of the food.
What happens when you practice being mindful? Mindfulness increases your mental focus and physical energy. It’s an effective way to cope with stress and anxiety, as it helps you to focus on the present moment. Practicing mindfulness also allows you to release any tension within your body—so go ahead and relax your shoulders and face muscles, stretch out your body, and take a moment to do nothing but enjoy a moment of calm.
The emotions you experience during the day don’t have to be overwhelming, and you deserve a moment of peace. To learn more about mindfulness, read our article Mindfulness at Home.