It’s not called the silly season for nothing!  Work, family, social and financial commitments reach a peak over the coming weeks.

Stress levels can soar as our bank accounts, immune systems and personal resiliency get a workout.

However, there is one gift that you can give to everyone, as well as yourself, and you don’t even have to line up at the mall, do any wrapping or spend any money. Plus, you get to experience the benefits every day, in just a few minutes.

Mindfulness meditation: it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

Some studies are showing that as little as 5 to 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day increases well-being and positivity, improves sleep, and lowers anxiety and stress. Neuroscientific research is also suggesting that regular meditation increases cortical thickness of our brain and lowers the chances of developing cognitive degenerative diseases later in life.

Want to try one for yourself? Here are five Mindful Practice Podcasts, made available by Mindful magazine and free for you to try and share. ‘Tis the season!

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