Mindfulness for Mental Health

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Did you know that almost one in five Americans suffers from an anxiety disorder?  And that depression affects nearly 8% of the population?  As we move into May, mental health awareness month, these numbers point to a growing need for techniques to help us all cope.

The good news is that simple changes in lifestyle can lead to improved mental health and wellbeing.  Mindfulness is one such practice—with strong research supporting its usefulness for those suffering from anxiety, depression, or even just daily stress.

Mindfulness is a buzz word these days and sometimes used in different ways, which can be confusing.  But mindfulness is not complicated, it is simply an awareness of the present moment, with an attitude of openness and acceptance.  This simple practice can change our habitual reactions and emotional patterns and bring in a new perspective.