Healthy mind, healthy wellbeing; it all starts with you. According to Professor Mark Williams, mindfulness means knowing what is going on both inside and outside ourselves. This includes taking the world moment by moment.
Sometimes, we get caught up in the mad pace of our environment, and forget to take a breath. This can often sometimes be the route cause of issues such as stress and anxiety. The first step to achieving mindfulness and a more centred outlook includes developing the ability to take note of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations; learning how to interpret them.
We’ve got some simple solutions to help you incur a sense of calm amongst the stresses of life. Firstly, set 10 minutes aside from your day. This can be before you eat breakfast, during your lunch hour or maybe before bed.
Get yourself in a comfortable position, whether that’s kneeling, sitting cross legged; whatever is best for you.
As you sit silently, begin to notice yourself and whatever thoughts might be whirring through you. During this time, it is also important for you to take note of your breathing. Make sure you are calm and are breathing steadily.
When your mind wanders, don’t let the anxiety take hold. Each problem or stress that we encounter in our lives is only as powerful as we make it. During this time, allow yourself to think about these issues, but don’t allow them to take hold.
During this time you will be able to reflect, and bring a moment of peace into your busy schedule. Doing this once a day will help you achieve a level of zen and will help you re-focus all your anxieties. It is often found, that stepping away for a moment, allows you to think about issues more pragmatically, allowing for ease when problem solving in the future.
If you follow our Instagram, we’ve been sharing ways in which you can accomplish mindfulness throughout your daily routine.
For example, create good habits within your lifestyle. This can include something as simple as having your breakfast at exactly the same time everyday. A small change such as this can bring more calm and structure to your environment.
Another step to achieving mindfulness includes trying something new at least once a week; it doesn’t need to be anything drastic. It can be something as easy as sitting somewhere else, or with other people on your lunch break. Different perspectives and conversations can alter your outlook.
Achieving mindfulness can be so simple, all you have to do is dedicate a tiny portion of your day to it; go on, give it a go.