What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means being fully present in the moment, and aware of your thoughts, feelings and surroundings. The technique teaches you to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without thinking that there is a right or wrong way to think or feel in any moment.
Mindfulness can help you to relax, manage stress better and allow you to be kinder to yourself. All great things!
Pay attention to the everyday
Reminding yourself to take notice of the world around you is a good place to start with mindfulness. As you go about day-to-day tasks, paying attention to the 'small' things can really help to ground you and bring you into the present moment.
Using your five senses in the way described below can help you to do this.
Try going through each of these steps the next time you're feeling overwhelmed. It'll help you focus on being in the moment.
Simple breathing exercises
If you feel as though the stresses of everyday life are getting to you and you need to take some time to relax, these breathing exercises could help focus your mind back into the present. Yoga could also be a great exercise to try, because it helps you develop an awareness of your breathing.
There's an app for everything nowadays, and mindfulness is no exception! What's even better is that there are lots of free apps you can download which offer a variety of approaches to mindfulness. This could be in the form of a beginners guide to mindfulness and guided meditation, to inspiring quotes and puzzles. All this choice means there's a chance of finding an app which you enjoy using, and find to be useful for you.
Have a look at more examples of mindfulness apps you could try.
There are lots of different ways you can practice mindfulness if you'd like to. It's all about finding what works for you to make you feel less stressed, calmer and more in the moment.
Want more advice about being mindful? Why not read 6 Ways to Take a Mind Vacation or read 5 Inspirational Quotes That Will Help You Through Anything