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HEALTHY COPING AND STAYING WELL /// CHAPTER 51
Acceptance - without judgment or criticism.
Once you bring your focus to what your experience is in the
present moment, it is easy to jump into judgment. " Should "
statements often occur, and take us down a path of negativity
(i.e. " I should be over this by now " ). Instead of judging your
experience, just notice it. There is no need to evaluate your
experience. Just let it be.
Formal Mindful
Practices
* Meditation
* Breathing Exercises
* Movement/Stretching
* Journaling
Mindfulness is: Awareness
Paying attention to the present moment.
When experiencing cancer, we often get caught up
in the past (focusing on how things used to be) or
the future (worrying about treatment, recurrence,
how our life is forever changed). Although it can
be helpful to think about these things at times,
when we spend too much time in the past or the
future it can cause strong negative emotions like
sadness and anxiety. Bringing your attention to
the present moment allows you to live in the right
here, right now. What things might you be missing
right now? Can you notice something positive
or enjoyable? What are you grateful for in this
moment?
Connecting our body and mind.
Our bodies are always in the present moment... but
often our minds wander, focusing on yesterday
or tomorrow. Connecting our bodies and minds
helps us to be present and can offer us valuable
information. Try shifting your mind to the present
moment, and notice what your body is telling you.
What emotions show up? Thoughts? Physical
sensations?
Mindful Living
* Bringing your full attention to 1 task at a
time (i.e. a mindful shower, meal, walk,
etc.)
* Self-Awareness: Taking 3 min to observe
your thoughts, emotions, and physical
sensation without judgment
Below find some suggestions on how you can practice
meditation and mindfulness in your daily life. YouTube is a great
free resource to explore what mindfulness and mediation are,
as well as to access a variety of videos to lead you through
meditations or breathing exercises.
Apps to try:
* UCLA - has web-based
guided meditations and a
" UCLA Mindful " app
* Calm
* Headspace
*
Reflectly
* Fabulous
* Meditata
* Meditopia
" Instead of judging your
experience, just notice
it. There is no need to
evaluate your experience.
Just let it be. "
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