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Three simple strategies to help you Focus and De-Stress.

Three simple strategies to help you Focus and De-Stress.

Do daily distractions leave you feeling unfocused and stressed? Take a breath. Here are three great ways to start taking back control.
Does it seem like you can't complete even the simplest task without being distracted? Texts, emails, social media alerts, noisy colleagues, ringing phones, friends. You are not alone.
Distracted thinking? Are daydreaming or mind wandering?

People who think about something other than what they're actually doing, or supposed to be doing; turns out that a wandering, easily distracted mind is actually the default mode for the human brain.
Succumbing to distraction over and over, though, can build stress, foster unhappiness and even lead to depression. So if you're looking to figure out how to handle distractions and improve your ability to focus, take comfort in the fact that there is a way forward.

One word: Mindfulness.

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment to moment awareness of where you are and what you're doing. At work talking to colleague, for example; it means you're focused on the project in front of you. It gives you the ability to really focus on your surroundings and your conversation. But you can actually train your brain to become more mindful. Like anything else, it just takes practice!
Here is three practices that have all proven useful in building mindfulness.

1. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
MBSR training has become a recognized way to help people learn to avoid distractions and increase their attention on the task in front of them. It can also help improve memory, motivation and autonomy. MBSR programs typically include breathing, stretching and awareness exercises.

2. Meditation
Meditation aims to increase your awareness of the present moment and help you develop a gentle, accepting attitude toward yourself. Regular meditation practice has been shown to actually alter the brain, in a good way! We’re in a world determined to trip you up with distractions and unpleasant surprises & meditation can help you stay more positive and more focused.

3. Mindful movement
Mindful movement (or yoga) is structured breathing, controlled movement, mental focus. Studies have found that, after beginning a yoga program, people feel less stressed, more focused & possibly more optimistic. Yoga's been found to be even more beneficial to people who are highly stressed.
In today's so called attention economy, the world is actually being designed to distract you. Everybody wants your attention, and they want it right now. But you can take back control of your focus, shed that stress, and wake up happier to meet your day.

For more mindfulness ideas & support, see our range of books & meditations at www.purifymindandbody.com. au

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