July 2019: Minding Your Mind

Mindfulness Practices to Stay Present and Positive

One of the best things we can do to maintain a positive mindset is to clear our heads. Unclog the negativity from your brainwaves by practicing mindfulness daily. Here’s how you can start!


No, it isn’t just for yogis! Meditation is a method to practice mindfulness, cultivating self-awareness and compassion. You can meditate anywhere:

  • Out on a run or jog
  • During a hike or nature walk
  • In a fitness class like yoga or Pilates
  • Relaxing at the beach
  • A few quiet minutes at your desk

How to Practice Mindfulness

Select the space that is the most comfortable and calm for you.
Set a time limit.

  • Start with five minutes in the beginning, then increase that time later.
  • Try actively practicing during an entire run—this time varies per person.

Pay attention to your body.

  • Mentally scan from the top of your head down to your toes for physical awareness.

Find your breath.

  • Notice every inhale and exhale

Notice when your mind wanders.

  • It’s normal for your mind to wander. Be aware when this happens, observe these thoughts, then focus your attention back on your breathing.
  • Avoid self-judgment for these thoughts!

Clearing your mind for 15 minutes a day can help treat depression, lead to lower blood pressure and increase your overall health.