Live more mindfully
Mindfulness, a concept that’s relatively new to many of us, has become an increasingly popular method to improve mental health.
Rather a state of being and perspective than a physical practice, mindfulness encourages the individual to bring their attention to the present moment. It’s training the mind to appreciate and notice the here and now, letting thoughts of the past and present drift away.
When practiced over a period of time, mindfulness has shown to change the brain’s structure and function, according to mentalhealth.org.uk. It’s linked to positive emotions and a boost in overall wellbeing, too.
If mindfulness is new to you, but you experience stress and anxiety often, it’s definitely worth trying. Anyone can live more mindfully, starting by integrating small changes into their lifestyle.
Next time you’re out for a stroll, notice your senses. Focus on the sights, sounds and smells that surround you, and try not to let your thoughts drift. Try to adopt the same principle in smaller daily activities – from brushing your teeth, to eating your meals.
By focusing on the here and now, you’ll become more in-tune with your emotions and needs, and be in a better position to cope with negative life experiences.