What is mindfulness?

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life.

How mindfulness helps mental wellbeing

Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better. When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted.

Notice the everyday
Reminding yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you is the first step to mindfulness.

Keep it regular
It can be helpful to pick a regular time – the morning journey to work or a walk at lunchtime – during which you decide to be aware of the sensations created by the world around you.

Try something new
Trying new things, such as sitting in a different seat in meetings or going somewhere new for lunch, can also help you notice the world in a new way.

Name thoughts and feelings
To develop an awareness of thoughts and feelings, some people find it helpful to silently name them: "Here's the thought that I might fail that exam". Or, "This is anxiety".

Free yourself from past and future
You can practise mindfulness anywhere, but it can be especially helpful to take a mindful approach if you realise that, for several minutes, you have been "trapped" in reliving past problems or "pre-living" future worries.

Source: www.nhs.uk

Practice mindfulness of thoughts

Take a look at Peter Helmer's Introduction to Mindfulness video that shows you mindfulness techniques to manage difficult thoughts.
Peter runs a free weekly virtual mindfulness class on Zoom, if you are interested, find out more here.

Headspace - mini meditation - let go of stress
Find your sense of calm with this mini meditation delivered by Headspace. Watch this video below:

The Headspace app delivers guided meditations, providing tools to build resilience, reduce stress and aid better sleep. NHS staff have been given free access to the app until 31 December 2021. Find out how to access and download here free wellbeing apps.

The clinically proven mindfulness course for improved mental health, visit their website.

Leaflets and workbooks
Relaxation booklet by CNWL
Mindfulness Drawing book

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