Dr. Lidia Zylowska in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences spoke to the New York Times about meditation tips for those who are easily distracted.

It can be difficult in today’s busy world to sit quietly for 10 to 20 minutes. Dr. Zylowska discusses a few ways patients can approach meditation without having to be sedentary. This initially involves mindfulness exercises that can be done throughout the day during their daily tasks. For example:

  • Take a breath every time your phone rings

  • Focus on the taste and texture of your toothbrush

  • Trying to notice when you are focusing on work or chores when you are supposed to be listening to your spouse/family member.

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment. Dr. Zylowska recommends walking in nature: “Nature is such an inducer of awareness in the present moment.” 

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