Mindfulness - what does it mean?

Mindfulness is essentially living in the moment instead of thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Practicing mindfulness is important for your mental health to help you evaluate and address how you’re thinking and feeling in the present.

As we’re all such busy people who are surrounded by technological distractions, we don’t always make time to be mindful. However, evidence shows that it really can be effective as it has helped many people including those with mental and physical health problems, anxiety and depression.

Being mindful is flexible.

You can be mindful for 5 minutes or 5 hours, whilst you’re at home or out and about. There’s also a range of things that you can do to practice mindfulness and we’ve got 5 easy examples that you should try today…

1. Go for a wander – get outdoors, take a walk and enjoy breathing in some fresh air
2. Meditate – be calm, transport yourself to a ‘happy place’ and break away from stresses
3. Get creative – be arty, be silly, and enjoy yourself 
4. Daydream – get lost in a day dream, relax how you’re sitting, and enjoy doing absolutely nothing
5. Just breathe – try this one right now; just close your eyes and take 5 long and deep breaths.

The theme of Mental Awareness Week (if you haven’t already guessed) is mindfulness. The Mental Health Foundation recognise how important it is to be mindful and would like to encourage more of it! For some more information and free mindfulness resources check out the charity’s podcasts and videos.

If you have any of your own recommendations on how to practice mindfulness we'd love to hear about them in the comments section below.

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