Yoga With Adriene: This Youtube channel is hosted by an Austin local and has hundreds of yoga and meditation videos ranging from under 10 minutes to over an hour long. Check out this quick 7 minute meditation:
4-7-8 breathing: This breathing technique is great for moments of heightened anxiety and can quickly remind you to focus on the present moment. To do this exercise, count to 4 as you breathe in, hold your breath for 7 counts, and breathe out for 8.
Mindful Walks: When things get overwhelming, consider taking a walk. This can be in your neighborhood, at your office, or around school. Breathe deeply and notice what you see, hear, and smell on your walk.
Mindful Eating: It can be easy to eat on the go and not pay attention to your food. The next time you have a meal or snack, turn off all distractions (phone, driving, etc.) and focus on what you’re consuming. Think about the flavors, textures and smells of your food. This is a great way to practice mindfulness and get some extra enjoyment out of your mealtimes.
Apps: There are lots of free apps available to help with mindfulness! The Headspace app offers several meditations and can help you fall asleep.
Mindfulness is important for all of us as we navigate a rapidly changing world. Remember to take care of yourself!
Stay healthy, Chaps!
-Katie, Annie, Lizz, and Alex