Time To Talk Day 2022 encourages more people to get talking about their mental health and finding ways to take care of their mental wellbeing.
We all need to take the time to slow down and relax – now more than ever! And what better way to do this than to introduce mindfulness into your daily routine? Whether you are always on the go or prefer a slower pace of life, everyone can make the time to stop, breathe, and slow down busy minds.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a form of meditation where you focus deeply on being in the moment, become acutely aware of your surroundings and heighten all the senses you are feeling. It can help to move your attention away from any negative thoughts or stressful feelings and allow you to calm your mind to focus on the present. Practicing Mindfulness helps you to not become overwhelmed with what is going on around you, and encourages you to pause and take in the environment you are in.
How can I practice Mindfulness?
Mindfulness helps to slow our reactions to things that happen and allow you to take a moment to process what is around you.
Here are a few ways in which you can practice mindfulness throughout the day:
- Try and set aside some time in a place that is calm and quiet.
- You don’t need to do it for a long period of time, especially if this is your first time. 5 or 10 minutes will do!
- Become aware of your body. Notice your breathing, your heart rate, how you are sitting, how you are holding yourself. Notice the sensations you are feeling in your body.
- Focus on your breath, and the sensation when you inhale and exhale. How does this feel? Use your breathing as an anchor to the present.
- When your mind wanders and thoughts enter your head, try to bring your attention back to your breathing. But don’t put too much pressure on yourself – it is natural to think!
If you would like some guidance, watch this 10-minute Meditation to Reframe Stress video by Headspace
You can do this as often as you like, and the more you do it the more you will be able to focus your mind to your immediate surroundings. If you do not have the time to set aside, just taking 20 seconds to concentrate on your breathing can calm your mind and bring back your attention.
It’s as simple as that! Practice this and you will be sure to see your stress levels reduced and your attention levels increased. Head over to Mind for more information and techniques on mindfulness and other mental health queries.