Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice which is very relevant for life today. Mindfulness is a very simple concept. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. This increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality.
Good mental wellbeing means feeling good about life and yourself. To be able to get on with life in the way you want and to be happy. Evidence shows that what you do and the way you think has the biggest impact on your wellbeing, both emotionally, mentally and physically. Becoming more aware of the present moment, noticing the sights, smells, sounds and tastes that you experience, as well as the thoughts and feelings that you have moment to moment impacts on your ability to appreciate life. Mindfulness can help us enjoy the world more and understand ourselves better.
Mindfulness is an integrative, mind–body-based approach that can help you manage your thoughts and feelings, and change the way you relate to experiences. It is becoming widely used in a variety of ways and contexts. Mindfulness can be very productive when used alongside counselling techniques and I can integrate it into our therapy session. Mindfulness can also be used as a preventative practice for people with experience of recurrent depression, as recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The practise of Mindfulness can assist you to become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, you’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give you more insight you’re your emotions, boost your attention and concentration, and improve your relationships.
Anyone can learn and practise mindfulness; children, young people and adults can all benefit. Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga.