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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

BE MIND­FUL AND RE­ACT LESS

The more we prac­tice be­ing mind­ful, the less re­ac­tive we tend to be. “Prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness makes us calmer and less re­ac­tive, and there­fore less prone to tak­ing of­fence, to anger or to de­fen­sive­ness,” says Ul­brick, who ex­plains that lit­tle daily rit­u­als re­mind us to turn the tide around away from busy­ness, stress and lack of pres­ence to­wards in­creased ca­pac­ity to be present.

Prac­tise be­ing mind­ful in daily life — eat­ing, show­er­ing, cook­ing, gar­den­ing or walk­ing, she ad­vises. Try us­ing an app such as Smil­ing Mind or Headspace to help with med­i­ta­tion.

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