Doing Absolutely Nothing Has Mental Health Benefits

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Doing absolutely nothing may help your mind. Well, perhaps a tad bit more than nothing. If you focus on following your senses and “listening” solely to your surroundings—a crude form of meditation—you may be able to reap some physical and mental benefits. Activities like these have been shown to lower your blood pressure, relax your muscles, and sharpen your focus, all for free and with little effort. So, take a little bit of your time to stop and smell the flowers (literally)—your renewed self will thank you later! Read full article here

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