Amber Wahab, Staff Writer

I’m sure you’ve heard many people promote mindfulness regarding mental health awareness, and you might still think that it doesn’t apply to you, and that’s fine.

But just like the way we take care of our physical health by exercising or eating healthy even when we seem to already be healthy, shouldn’t we have the same energy when concerning our mental health? Why are we more accepting to confiding in a healthy lifestyle when regarding our physical needs but when some of us are confronted with an issue regarding our mental needs we still seem argue it’s “not for us.”

According to the American Psychological Assocation, research proves that half of all lifetime cases of mental illnesses begin at the age of 14. I’m not trying to imply that mental illnesses are avoidable, but in some cases they could be reduced if proper actions take place in the early stages of any mental illness.

With that in mind, thinking that we have to have a mental illness in order to take care of our mental needs is not the case either. You don’t have to be diagnosed with an illness to start practicing mindfulness in your day to day life.

We can incorporate mindfulness in our lifestyle just as we do with physical activity by just taking out five to 10 minutes of our day to sit down and notice our body, feel our breath, and notice when our mind starts to wander. It’s important to remain kind to our wandering mind as we redirect ourselves into the present moment.

You can find more information about how to be mindful on www.mindful.org/how-to-practice-mindfulness/.