Mindfulness in stressful times

It has become increasingly difficult for me to go on social media sites due to the impressive amount of negative information.

Between the heroin epidemic and the current political environment, the world definitely feels like a scary place right now.

In times like these, I try to remind myself to practice mindfulness. It is through mindfulness meditation that I am able to center myself and not become overwhelmed by the negativity.

Here is one of my favorite quick exercises. I hope you are able to utilize it as we all go through our daily stresses.


Where are your feet?

In times of panic, sometimes we lose where we are in this world.

We rocket into the future, or delve deep into the past.

It is during these times that we need to focus on where our feet are.

Are they firmly planted on the ground?

Are they dangling from a bus seat or office chair?

How do your feet feel in your shoes?

Do they swish around?

Do they fit snuggly and comfortably?

Is there a spot in the shoe that feels uncomfortable?

If so, sit with the uncomfortableness. Do not judge it.

Move your toes around in your shoes.

Feel your toes the top and the bottom of the shoe.

If you are barefoot, feel the air between your toes

Feel the air above and below your feet.

Feel the texture of the ground beneath your feet.

Slowly bring your awareness back to the rest of your body.

You are present in this very moment of time.

You are okay.

2 thoughts on “Mindfulness in stressful times

  1. Hi Linda, That is a great question. I would suggest checking out AL-ANON Meetings near you if you are not already involved, or giving Tim Ryan a call at 841-611-4673. AL-ANON is an incredible resource for family and friends of addicts and they provide great support for people in the situation you described. Here is the AL-ANON website https://al-anon.org/. I wish you well!

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