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Mindfulness is all about paying attention to and accepting the here and now without judgment. By being focused on the present, you give your mind a break from dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Being mindful also helps you check in with yourself and notice how you are doing.

Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your life.

Being mindful can be as simple as paying attention to the sights and sounds of nature as you go on a walk, or taking the time to really enjoy the taste of good food. Maybe this moment is saying you need to take a break. It's important to focus on the present moment, exactly as it is right now. What is this moment telling you?

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Benefits of being mindful

  • Reduces stress - helps you to feel calmer
  • Helps you understand yourself better and enjoy the world around you more
  • Improves the quality of your thoughts and feelings
  • For youth: helps increase attention and focus at school and lessens stress and anxiety
  • For older adults: reflecting on pleasant memories helps people rekindle positive feelings and can decrease feelings of loneliness

The more mindful you are the greater the benefits to your well-being.
Pay attention... stay calm... experience the present moment.