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Health Minute: Mindfulness

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WPSU’s Health Minute is a collaboration with Penn State’s College of Nursing.

Have you ever found yourself mentally reviewing the past or worrying about future events that may never happen?  When we let our thoughts run unchecked, we miss out on living our lives more fully in the present.

Mindfulness is a simple meditative practice. It relieves the anxiety shown in research to contribute to many stress-related conditions. 

When you find your thoughts wandering, pause, and use a phrase like “Be here now.” Take a deep breath in and let it out gently. Repeat. Notice all the sights, sounds, and sensations, and take time to feel gratitude for the moment you’re in right now.

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Cheraine Stanford is the Content Strategy Director at WPSU, responsible for developing the station's original productions across digital, radio and television.