With our livelihoods and day-to-day so busy, there is little time to stop and think about ‘being present’. But did you know just practising a few minutes of mindfulness each day can bring a higher sense of calm to our everyday? Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment. It’s about noticing the world around us and noticing our feelings and emotions, in a bid to elevate feelings of being overwhelmed or confused. The NHS have some great tips on how to start your mindfulness journey, so why not give some of the below a go: 💭 Notice the everyday: by noticing the sensations of the smallest things, like the food we eat, it can interrupt our autopilot mode to give us a new perspective of the simple things in life. 💭 Keep it regular: Pick a regular time of day to practice – 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: Not in the sense of starting a new hobby, just by simply changing where you sit or going somewhere new for lunch can help you notice the world in a new way. 💭Name thoughts and feelings: Become aware of certain thoughts that could trigger worries or anxieties. Some people find it helpful to silently name them by simply saying to themselves phrases like "This is anxiety". Practices like the above can be really helpful. But never forget, no matter how small your worries may feel, you can call us to talk through them. We’re here for you.
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