In today’s busy society, we all tend to multi-task and often worry about many things simultaneously. Mindfulness can help reduce the growing stress and tension of our day.
So, what is mindfulness? Well, it is a kind of meditation, an in-the-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, experiences and environment focussing on the present moment – what is going on around you and inside you; what you're sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.
Mindfulness practice can take place at any time and anywhere – but it’s good to practice in a quiet space to begin with in order to experience the stillness and calm that it brings.
Eight steps to mindfulness
- Start with a session of say 5 minutes
- Choose a comfortable place to sit - somewhere peaceful and quiet
- Close your eyes
- Think about how your body feels
- Breath in and out three times and notice how it feels
- Stay in the moment – breathing, being aware of your body
- If your mind wanders – gentle bring it back to your breath
- Note how you feel when you stop
Mindfulness helps us reduce anxiety and depression. It teaches us how to respond to stress with awareness of what is happening in the present moment, rather than simply acting instinctively – a reaction that doesn’t always work well.
You can also practise mindfulness in a moment in your daily life – just stop and really take in what is around you and how you feel in that moment.