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Caliber Home Loans cares about the well-being of our customers. You are an extension of our Caliber family and we are here to support you during these times by providing helpful resources that can be used to gain some much-needed relief. The following information is about mindfulness, its many benefits, and how easy it is to incorporate the daily practices into our lives.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment. It brings awareness to your thoughts, feelings, physical reactions, and your surrounding environment and acknowledges what you’re experiencing, rather than dwelling in the past or projecting to the future.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

How many times have you found yourself anxious in thought, wishing you had said or done something differently or worried about a future event? When we focus on the past or the future, we miss out on our present, which is the only time we truly have any influence and control.

Mindfulness allows us to navigate the mind, instead of being led by it. Studies have shown mindfulness boosts mood, increases happiness, cognitive function and focus, reduces stress and anxiety, aids in better sleep and improves overall physical and emotional well-being. Benefits have been reported by just incorporating even a few minutes throughout the day. Why wait? Get your mindful minutes in today!

Simple Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness can be practiced anytime and anywhere, without sacrificing valuable time in your schedule. There are many simple ways to begin practicing mindfulness, including:

  • Focus on breathing – When you have negative or overwhelming thoughts, close your eyes, and take a few deep calming breaths. Focusing on your breath as it moves in and out of your body, even for just a minute, can have immediate effects on calming anxiety and reducing stress.
  • Pay attention – It’s hard to slow down and notice things in a busy world. Take time to experience your environment using all your senses. For example, when you eat your favorite food, take the time to smell, taste, and truly enjoy each bite.
  • Live in the moment – Intentionally bring an open, accepting, and discerning attention to everything you do. Find joy in the simple things.
  • Accept yourself – Be patient and kind to yourself. Treat yourself the way you would a good friend or family member.
  • Go for a walk – Research shows engaging the sights and sounds of nature can be especially beneficial.

Don’t forget to appreciate life’s simple moments and tune-in to your body’s responses.
Need a reminder? Schedule time throughout the day to re-center, refocus, and practice your Mindful Minutes.