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Mindfulness Techniques to Reduce Stress

We hear, and talk, a lot about stress these days, and there’s a good reason. The power of stress to complicate and even cause disease, pave the way to depression, cause and exacerbate pain, and poison our relationships with ourselves and others, is a formidable one. Our easy access to world events broadens our knowledge and horizons, but also adds weight to the stress we feel just from the concerns of our individual lives.

It’s good news, then, that there are many ways to ease that burden, and mindfulness techniques are among the simplest to apply. They are free, they are natural, and they don’t require the purchase of outside props or services. Here are just a few examples:

Mindfulness informs us and enables us to respond to situations instead of reacting. When we make conscious choices, we feel more capable, confident, and relaxed. Stressors will always exist, but they don’t need to rule our lives.