The Importance of Being Mindful in the Morning
For better or for worse, the way our mornings unfold have a tendency to impact the rest of our day.
This is why starting your morning with a short mindfulness practice can have such positive lasting effects throughout the day, says Michael Apollo, the director of the University of Toronto’s applied mindfulness meditation program.
According to research conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles, health benefits of mindfulness include:
- A stronger immune system
- Lower blood pressure
- Increased attention and focus
- Helps with anxiety and depression
Fortunately, practicing mindfulness for just 15 minutes a day is all you need, according to a 2015 study by Harvard Medical School.
That daily consistency is what’s important, says Apollo. “In those moments when you need peace the most,finding that sense of space and being present is possible,” he says.
Want to add mindfulness into your daily routine?
Try these four simple ways you can practice mindfulness even on the busiest of mornings.