July 25, 2009 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

Sometimes it sounds good to start something new, but it’s hard to actually incorporate it into your life.  Mindfulness exercises  may seem like a great idea, but like any new skill, they require practice.  Learning something new requires tolerating mistakes, accepting failure, and trying something you’ve never done before knowing that initially you will probably not be very good at it.  Below are some questions that might help you make a commitment to practicing mindful breathing throughout your day.  Like playing the piano or any other skill, the more you practice, the easier it will become.

On an average day, rate from 1-5 the level of stress you feel at different times during the day.  1= No stress or painful emotions, 5= Extreme stress and painful emotion. 

Morning (before school/ work, preparing for the day)

1    2    3    4    5 

School/work/day activity

1    2    3    4    5 

Afternoon (coming home, up until dinner)

1    2    3    4    5 

Dinner & evening (until bedtime)

1    2    3    4    5 

Bedtime (preparing for and going to bed)

1    2    3    4    5 

Sleep (after going to bed until morning)

1    2    3    4    5 

What would be the best time to use Mindful breathing to calm and center myself when stressed? 

 What would be the best time to practice Mindful breathing when calm?

Entry filed under: mindfulness exercises.

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