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Let’s talk: encourage mindfulness

 

With the constant hustle and bustle of daily life, it becomes habit for your patients to just go through the motions without being present and aware of each moment. Encouraging mindfulness can help patients take a step back. This can help them build resilience and navigate changes, think clearly, enjoy the moment and more.  

 

Best of all, practicing mindfulness doesn’t have to be a time consuming or difficult task. But, as Evgeniya Agaeva, clinical counselor, Aetna Behavioral Health, explains, developing mindful habits doesn’t happen overnight.  

 

“Much like any other new behavior, developing a mindfulness practice takes time, and, well, practice. The more you practice, the better you get at harnessing your awareness and bringing your attention to the present moment,” said Evgeniya. 

 

To begin, simply encourage patients to bring a gentler and more open mind to the present moment. They should take note of the differences that practicing mindfulness brings to their daily life.    

 

Want to learn more?

To learn mindfulness exercises and tips from Evgeniya on developing a mindfulness lifestyle, watch the Aetna Behavioral Health Let’s Talk video. (Or read the Mindfulness Exercise transcript.) It’s part of a series of videos from Aetna Behavioral Health to help increase mental well-being.