The holiday season is upon us, and so is the hustle and bustle that accompanies it. Unfortunately, it can be a time when we are so anxious to give to others that we forget to give to ourselves. And as animal advocates, we often get so busy saving animals that we lose ourselves in the process. And soon, we can help no one. Fortunately, we only have to look to the animals to remember the importance of self-care.
Animals show us how to live in the present moment without judgment. They don’t feel shame when asking for their needs to be met – you know when they want to eat, play, or cuddle. They lay in the sun and nap without guilt. Their minds are not focused on what needs to be done; they embrace the present moment.
Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation
- Reduces Stress
- Controls Anxiety
- Promotes Emotional Health
- Enhances Self Awareness
- Lengthens Attention Span
- May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
- Helps Control Pain
- Accessible Anywhere
Many people believe Mindfulness Meditation means sitting in silence for hours, but meditation doesn’t have to be that way. It can be done while conducting your daily activities in just one minute. In fact, it’s during those daily activities that we need it the most.
One Minute Mindfulness Meditation
Do the following breathing meditation when you notice yourself feeling stressed, angry, or anxious. It can also be done periodically throughout your day to avoid becoming stressed, angry, or anxious.
- Stand or sit with your back straight and open your chest. Soften your face, mouth, and shoulders.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breath as you take deep inhales and exhales. Notice how it feels as it moves in and out of your nostrils, lungs, and body. Quickly scan your body and notice how it feels.
- Bring your awareness back to the room you are in, open your eyes, ad continue your day.
Everyday is the perfect time to to take a lesson from the animals and practice self care.