"I'm terrible at trying to meditate -- I can never shut off my brain or sit still!" Sound familiar? You know practices like mindfulness meditation are good for you, but they just seem so counter to our 20-tabs-open-at-a-time lifestyle that it's hard to imagine where to start. We asked Marianela Medrano, Ph.D., a licensed professional counselor and member of the American Counseling Association, for help. Let's start National Relaxation Day off on a good foot, shall we?
1. It's not about saying "om" over and over again. Unlike some types of meditation, you don't have to say a mantra or try to picture your "third eye" during mindfulness practice. Instead, you're focusing on the here and now--thoughts, sensations and emotions.