Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year Resolutions

Brain power used to numb arthritis pain After suffering for nearly three decades from osteoarthritis pain, Maria Barnes has found solace in the 'mindfulness' approachAngela Mulholland,

Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014 8:30AM EST
If New Year’s resolutions are notorious for one thing, it’s that they’re easy to break. Our resolve to eat healthier gets thrown to the wayside when we are stressed by work or home life. Our plans to go for more walks are pushed aside when more important matters compete for our time.

And often by the time March 1 rolls around -- or even sooner -- we’re left wondering how we’ve managed to fall back into our old habits.

But breaking habits is never easy because, by their nature, they are ingrained in us until they have become automatic reflexes. It’s easy to mindlessly reach for snacks when we're bored, or sit down after dinner rather than go for a walk if that‘s how we‘ve done things for years.
But perhaps the key to ending unhealthy habits is developing a skill called mindfulness.

What exactly is mindfulness?


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