So how do you start being mindful? Perhaps the easiest exercise to begin with is simply stopping whatever you are doing and bring the focal point of your attention to your body. Scan your entire body from head to toe, acknowledging any tension or tightened muscles, and allowing those muscles to relax. The average person is wound up like a knot all day, which is extremely unhealthy. The psychological crap we are forced to deal with every day puts most people in a perpetual “fight or flight” mode, which keeps the body in a state of constant, prolonged stress. This can literally cut years of the lifespan, but in the short term, it leads to any number of issues, including fatigue, anxiety, poor digestion, inflammation, and malaise. Just let it go, all of the tension and pent up emotion you are keeping in the body. You have no use for it.