Coping Strategies: Mindfulness

Everybody has great ideas for coping strategies and it seems everybody thinks their ideas will work best for you!  My impression is that we all respond to things differently and even respond differently depending on the day and our mood.  Mindfulness seems to be a practice that is resurging even though it roots are ancient.  According to Harvard Health Publications HelpGuide, "Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in happiness." 

Mindfulness begins with the ability to be in the present and check in with oneself.  Starting here enables us to take a breath, see where we are and how we feel.  Sometimes for me, just the stillness of the moment allows me to re-focus.  It helps me to see what I need and take action.