By Lisa Caplan
I think we all would agree that spending too much time in our heads with our own thoughts is not a good thing. Although we are capable of being in the present, most of us go through the day thinking about anything but what is happening in the moment. We spend time thinking about what we did in the past, or what will happen in the future. Most of us actually spend time chasing our dreams and hoping that the next accomplishment, vacation, car, etc. will help us find happiness, but happiness doesn’t come from the outside, it comes from the inside. Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. Being present in the moment helps cultivate happiness.
We can not change the past, we don’t have any control over the future, and are not even guaranteed to have a future; so why not be grateful for what we have and focus on what is going on in the moment? Being mindful and present in the moment helps us appreciate what is going on around us. Mindfulness helps decrease stress, improves our mood, and helps us be more productive. Research has also shown that mindfulness actually increases brain cells, changes the way we think, changes how we feel, decreases stress and anxiety, and improves our perception of our life.
Try these easy mindfulness exercises:
Try these exercises and notice how you feel afterwards. Try to make mindfulness a daily practice. The more you practice, the easier it will become.
There are many more tips to practice mindfulness. If you would like to explore what will work best for you call the Lawyer Assistance Program for some helpful ideas.
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Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C has over 20 years experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and trauma.