What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a technique which can help people manage their mental health or simply gain more enjoyment from life. Here are some of its basic ideas from our friends at Mind.
Increase your awareness
Turn your attention to what is happening in the present moment. Notice what’s happening in the your body, mind or surroundings in a curious and non-judgemental way.
Notice when your mind wanders and where your thoughts have drifted to, but don’t get annoyed with yourself. Choose to bring your attention back to the present moment by focusing on your breath or surroundings.
New skills take time to develop. Try a few minutes of mindfulness at first and gradually build it up.
Build it into your routine
Decide on one or two activities which you will do mindfully each day. It could be focusing on the sensations of brushing your teeth, or listening to the kettle boil, for example.
Try a mindfulness exercise
You may be inspired by a guided meditation from an app, CD or mindful colouring.
Find a course or practitioner
Speak to your GP or local Mind about services in your area. Courses can be in groups, one-to-one or online.
Be kind to yourself
Try not to be critical of yourself if you find mindfulness frustrating or that it’s simply not for you. You can try other ways to look after your wellbeing such as talking treatments and arts therapies.
For more information visit mind.org.uk/mindfulness
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393 or text: 86463