Focusing on your wellbeing.

Let’s face it, you’re busy. Christmas has passed, you’re back to work, your next holiday is months away, deadlines are piling up and it’s starting to take its toll.

We believe that looking after yourself is just as important as you looking after others. Stressful times are an everyday occurrence in most people’s lives, but how well do you deal with it?

One effective way, is the act of Mindfulness. “It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour,” says Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.

So just how you do you be more mindful you ask?

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Take notice of the everyday.

Be more aware of the sensations around you and try to remind yourself to do so in the mornings. “Even as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk,” says Professor Williams.

Watch your thoughts.

You might find practicing mindfulness difficult, when you stop what you’re doing your thoughts may ‘flood’ in. It’s helpful to know that mindfulness exercises are to help see them as mental events, rather than push them away. Noticing your thoughts and what feelings they bring will help you recognise what makes you stressed the most, then giving you the chance to act on it in the future.

Be active.

You don’t have to go to the gym or do anything rigorous. Take a walk or go for a short bike ride. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life and a daily routine.

If you’d like to find out more about mindfulness, you can do so here – Or you could download the ‘Headspace’ app which is available on the App Store and the Google Play Store.