Mindfulness in Action
Feeling anxious about your next round of test results? Try the mindfulness pause, using these tips from Erica Rayner-Horn, a mindfulness-based psychotherapist in Seattle, and an 11-year stage II breast cancer survivor.
Take five slow, deep belly breaths. With each breath, become aware of your body, thoughts and emotions. Check how your body feels, breathing into areas of tightness or discomfort. Breathe into your thoughts and exhale any unhelpful thinking. Then become aware of your emotions, releasing difficult or overwhelming feelings on exhale. As you release, let your heart open and relax more deeply into the present moment.