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Why should I practice mindfulness?

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Being mindful helps you notice when you're on autopilot. That lets you change what you're doing in the moment, rather than regretting it later.

Let's say you find yourself eating a bag of chips in front of the TV -- your evening pattern. Being mindful can help you break free from the autopilot trance and take a moment to make a different choice. You could trade the chips for carrots, or decide to skip TV and take a walk around the block instead.

From: What Mindfulness Can Do for You WebMD Medical Reference

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Lynn Korbel, MPH, assistant director, Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

NIH News in Health: "Mindfulness Matters: Can Living in the Moment Improve Your Health?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

SOURCES:

Lynn Korbel, MPH, assistant director, Oasis Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

NIH News in Health: "Mindfulness Matters: Can Living in the Moment Improve Your Health?"

Reviewed by Louise Chang on April 15, 2018

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