In this episode, Gina discusses the importance of being present for the process of relieving stress and anxiety. Gina points out undesirable factors that inhibit our stress and anxiety relief, including: attachment, excessive forward thinking (future focused), imaginary thoughts and negative expectations.
Gina suggests four action steps to be in the present and cultivate mindfulness:
1) Observe events without judging them (anxiety stems from judgment)
2) Integrate mindfulness activities into your daily life (walking dog, mowing the lawn, gardening, at work... fully immerse yourself to what you are doing)
3) Let go of expectations (expectations are often not positive)
4) Mindfulness meditation (meditation fosters new default of being present)
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