#1 – Meditate MindfullyDid you know that mindful meditation alters your DNA? Don't worry – the change is a good one. You see, with time, mindful meditation actually improves your body's ability to recover from stressful events while also reducing your stress response in the present moment. Here's how to meditate in 4 steps from Mindful.org:
- Breathe deeply. As you breathe in and out, repeat the words 'inhale' and 'exhale' in your mind.
- Concentrate.Focus on distinguishing between the sensations brought on by inhaling and those produced by exhaling.
- Become aware of your body.As you continue to breathe deeply, mentally repeat the words 'I am aware of my body.' Repeat this until you feel like you're fully in the present moment.
- Release tension.Now that you're aware of your body, you should be able to notice the tension, pain and stress in it. Let your body relax. Allow your shoulders to drop if you've been clenching them.