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New Year New Mind?

By Liz Hancock

New Year New Mind?
If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to be more mindful, read on for simple daily tips.

At the most recent International Dermalogica conference, held annually in Los Angeles, Dermalogica New Zealand’s Head of Education, Caroline Parker, take part in a mindfulness seminar.

Here, Parker shares her favourite tips for including mindfulness in your daily life.

•       Waking up: while you are still lying in bed, before you do anything else, notice your breathing.

•       Showering: open yourself to your senses during your shower, do you feel warm or cool? Notice the scents and textures of your skin and hair products.

•       Breakfast: pay attention to the food you’re eating, noting all that went into its creation. A piece of fruit for example required sunshine, fresh air and rich earth; workers to pick it and transport it. Then look closely at the food, put it in your mouth and taste it.

•       Walking: slow down. Pay attention to the movement and skill of walking.

•       Driving: when stopped at a red light, notice your body. Loosen your hold on the steering wheel. Relax your shoulders.

•       Arriving at work: spend three minutes doing a practice like ACE – Awareness of your breath, Collecting your breath, Expanding your awareness to your body – before you start working.

•       Lunch: eat alone in a quiet place once a week, paying mindful attention to your food.

•       End of work: reflect on your day. What was good about it? What could you have done differently? Imagine how you would like to be tomorrow.

•       All day: sprinkle mindfulness throughout your day. Set reminders for various times on your phone or calendar. Change these times occasionally so these moments don’t turn into meaningless habit.

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