How to pay attention to external influences and monitor your body's internal reactions.
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We have heard time and again the importance of taking care of ourselves before we can take care of others. There has never been a more crucial time than now to take this message to heart.
The stress of insecurity creates havoc in our ability to stay calm and grounded, and thus affects our productivity, from completing everyday tasks to caring for ourselves and our families to remotely managing work projects.
When events in the world around us are unpredictable and occur closer to home, the associated stress typically affects our health and wellbeing and can do more harm today than ever before.
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The only strategy we can all implement that can change our outlook for wellbeing is to pay attention.
We don't have to sacrifice our well-being just because things are uncertain around us. If we pay attention to external influences and the internal reactions of our body, we can even out our disturbing emotions.
1. Include mindfulness meditation
By incorporating mindfulness meditation into our daily lives, we can reduce the physical effects of stress and maintain a sense of calm when the chaos around us explodes.
Research shows that implementing mindfulness meditation training is not only calmer, but can also improve our alertness. This benefit is not only immediate but also long-term. Getting started is as easy as downloading a free app on your phone and trying a few different mediations until you find one that feels right.
2. Control what you can do
When the world around us is unpredictable and different from what we are used to, following the routine where we can can help us move through our days with a sense of security and familiarity.
Pay attention to where and how you spend your time and start setting daily routines and consistent habits. Whether it's getting up and going to bed at the same time each day, or planning certain tasks on the same day each week, a routine gives us a sense of comfort.
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3. Limit media consumption
Between social media and the news media, it doesn't take long before they are overwhelmed by emotional and provocative content. Pay attention to how you feel when you watch or read the news and scroll through social media. Reduce your media consumption that puts you in trouble.
Instead, focus on media that will encourage, educate, and entertain you. From podcasts to books to articles here on Entrepreneur.com, there are tons of options available.
We cannot afford to be complacent. Our physical and emotional health depends on our ability to stay present and be aware of what we are building into our body and mind.
By paying attention to and adjusting our consumption habits by making our wellbeing a priority, we can calm the troubling emotions that make us feel uncomfortable.