Mental Health

Take Care of Yourself Today

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For better or worse, the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings have been inescapable over the past few days. I know I’m not alone when I say that this news cycle has upset me for a myriad of reasons—the political and social implications of our lawmakers’ words and actions; historical amnesia and a refusal to learn from past mistakes; for my colleagues and friends being forced to relive their trauma from similar incidents; for the people I don’t know who are going through the same; and for a whole host of other reasons I’m unwilling to discuss because I might cause myself more harm in doing so.

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Mental Health

Mindfulness—There’s More to the Practice Than Self-Indulgence

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It’s certainly no panacea, but research shows that mindfulness does do good things for the mind—and the body too! Derived from an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, mindfulness today primarily takes the form of secular guided practices focusing on awareness in the present moment and letting thoughts and feelings come and go.

Now I know we’re all busy people, and sometimes it’s hard to find even a moment to grab a bite to eat, much less spend time on what seems like self-indulgent exercises in, well, nothingness. However, according to this Harvard Business Review article, spending just ten minutes a day on mindfulness can improve decision-making and increase work performance. Moreover, mindfulness is a cornerstone of self-compassion (more on that here) which ultimately affects your interactions and relationships with other people.

So for the price of two Buzzfeed quizzes or four cat videos, you too can improve the quality of your daily life, even by just a little bit. Now, if you’re interested in dipping your toes into this thousand-year-old practice, here are some suggestions…

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