With the extension of the “Stay at Home” order, it’s easy for people to feel frustrated and even upset. Ms. Cynthia Jasper, NH’s Family & Community Outreach Coordinator leads a Mindfulness Exercise on our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodhouseofmilwaukee/
Mindfulness is an easy way to cope with everything around you. Mindfulness is simple. It’s being aware of and sensitive to your thoughts and feelings in the present. It takes some practice, but can be very helpful for individuals of all ages.
Ms. Cynthia has simple activity, listed below, that you can practice to calm yourself and become aware of your emotions.
When doing this breathing exercise, make sure you are still practicing social distancing.
· Find a quiet place you can sit down or wherever make you feel more relaxed. · If you are sitting make sure your feet are flat on the floor, your spine is in line, hands on your lap, your heart to the sky. Suggested background music (6 minutes long) : Jhené Aiko – Trigger Protection Mantra – YouTube
· Close your eyes while the music is playing. Slowly breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth.
· Notice where your breath is the strongest – through your stomach, your chest or your nose. This is your anchor. Keep your attention on your anchor spot.
· Notice every detail with each new breath. As you breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, think about how wonderful it feels to have new breath flowing through your body. While focusing your mind may wonder to other thoughts. If this happens, just refocus to your anchor spot and think of those breathing details.
· Do this until the music is complete or at least two minutes daily and work yourself up to the full six minutes.