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Mastering the art of balancing work and life’s stressors can be an elusive task for us all. The phrase, “keep calm and carry on,” isn’t always easy. In a recent audiocast series provided by the OneOp Military Caregiving concentration, the narrator provides mindfulness tactics intended to help you discover and observe your reactions to life’s stressors and provide tools for responding effectively. Mindfulness, if you are not familiar with the term, means paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment with a non-judgmental attitude.

After listening to the first episode of the audiocast, “It Begins with the Breath,” I immediately noticed a sense of calm while at my desk. The narrator’s simple exercises gave me a quick way to notice stress, gently shift my focus back to my breath, and taught me to practice mindful breathing to calm both my mind and body. The techniques I learned could provide for “mini-relaxations” throughout the work day. Regular use of these mindfulness practices could make life easier by improving concentration and letting go of distractions.

Download the mindfulness audiocast episode, “It Begins with the Breath,” and learn how you can apply these skills to everyday situations and connect more fully with yourself, your loved ones, and the life you are living.

This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 6, 2015.