Mindfulness is described as the psychological process of bringing attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which you can develop through the practice of meditation and through other training. The NHS describes the practice as “paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing”.
This all sounds wonderful – however, with the rigours of modern-day living – the realities of practising ‘mindfulness’ seem to be problematic. Many people don’t have time for yoga and meditation, but there are other ways of ways of practising mindfulness and some advice we have that can have huge benefits to your mental and physical health.
At work and at home it can be easy to be drowned in trying to help, talk with, and engage with people – whether they be colleagues, friends, flatmates, or family. Giving yourself time to think about your own life and what is important to you with no interruptions is crucial to mindfulness. Research suggests that taking time out from your day; to have a shower, to sit by yourself, or just having an uninterrupted hot drink can be important to de-stressing your daily routine.
Keep it regular
If you feel you want to concentrate on your mindfulness and mental health – be sure to fully commit to it. It can also be helpful to pick a regular time – the morning journey to work or a walk at lunchtime – during which you decide to be aware of your feelings, stresses and the world around you
Notice the every day – avoid the ‘autopilot’
Professor Williams states that “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… All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the 'autopilot' mode we often engage day to day, and to give us new perspectives on life."
Meditation & Yoga
As well as practising mindfulness in daily life, it can be helpful to set aside time for a more formal mindfulness practice. We don’t necessarily mean formal meditation as you may think – but downloading apps such as ‘Headspace’ designed to control anxieties and free your mind – can be very beneficial.
Mindfulness meditation and yoga are brilliant ways to be mindful and control; body, mind, and be aware of the things around you – however we hope these pieces of advice can help you with your mindfulness in your every day life.