As the popularity of mindfulness grows, so too does our understanding of the ways we can apply this to decrease stress, and increase mental wellbeing.
What is mindfulness?
Paying attention in a particular way:
In the present moment
Appreciating the present moment by purposely and continually paying attention to it.
Why practice mindfulness?
It helps you to become more aware of and therefore to better understand areas of your life you are out of touch with.
It helps you to accept things as they are.
What does it involve?
It involves stopping everything for a few moments just to observe what is happening (without trying to change anything).
Try: Stopping, sitting down, and paying attention to your breathing a few times throughout the day, just for a minute or two. Don’t try to change anything – just breathe. Allow yourself to fully accept the present moment.
There are many helpful books, websites. and apps such as Headspace on mindfulness. Below are a few Youtube videos you might find helpful.