Try An Appreciation Exercise

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Welcome to day 2 of the Your Gratitude is Showing! challenge, powered by CeraVe.

Appreciation and gratitude start from within. But with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to get distracted. Taking a few moments for an appreciation exercise can help settle the mind and promote a gracious attitude for the rest of the day.

Try this heart-centered exercise:
  1. Focus on your heart: Turn your attention to your heartbeat. Breathe a little deeper than normal, in for 5 or 6 seconds and out 5 or 6 seconds.
  2. Heart breathing: Imagine breathing through your heart. Picture yourself slowly breathing in and out through your heart area.
  3. Heart feeling: Trigger a positive feeling as you maintain your heart focus and breathing. Recall a time you felt good inside, and take a moment to re-experience the feeling.

Now, how do you feel? The goal is to end the exercise with a sense of calm, contentment, and positivity.

Learn more ways to calm the mind and find a sense of peace with our beginner’s guide to meditation or try this getting started video and once you are ready, try one of these guided gratitude meditations from our favorite app Headspace, meditation made simple. If you like it, we are proud to offer you a FREE 1 year Headspace PLUS subscription! Get started by logging in here (click JOIN NOW if you don't have an HNHN account, also FREE). 

Tell us how  you felt about the exercise and if you get a chance to meditate, tell us about it here or in our private Facebook group, on Twitter or Instagram. Remember to tag us with #healthynurse and #yourgratitudeisshowing.

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Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on Aug 4, 2020 12:07 PM America/Chicago

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It has been a blessing having this meditation, i was getting anxious at times with work and just life. I am now able to take time for me and just breathe. 
  • Posted Fri 07 Aug 2020 05:32 PM CDT
I really like adding an audible sigh at the end of my breathing exercises. Helps let go of whatever I’m holding on to. 
  • Posted Wed 05 Aug 2020 02:19 PM CDT

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