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Mental health

Mindfulness is the practice of being more aware of the world around you.

By noticing sensations, thoughts and feelings, we disrupt the ‘auto-pilot’ mode we engage day to day and can gain a new perspective on life. When things start to look a little bleaker, pay attention to your body and your surroundings to get a sense of what ‘is’ rather than getting caught up in your own thoughts:

  • Notice the everyday: Notice the chair you are sat on, the breeze as you walk, the texture of your food and the sounds around you.
  • Practice it daily: Pick a time when you can be mindful, for example, your morning commute, or a lunch time walk. Be mindful of the sensations at that time.
  • Try something new: Notice the world in a fresh way by sitting in a different seat, taking a new route to work or trying somewhere different for lunch.
  • Watch your thoughts: Mindfulness isn’t about making thoughts ‘go-away’ it’s about seeing them for what they are, thoughts. Try watching your thoughts but not engaging with them.
  • Label your thoughts: When your thoughts begin to spiral, watch them without engaging, and then label them either as a thought or a feeling, “I mustn’t forget to pick up milk later,” acknowledge the thought, label it either thought or feeling, then carry on with the task you are meant to be doing.
  • Find your way: There are plenty of books and apps out there designed to help teach you more about mindfulness. Trying a few will help you to find the right mindfulness technique for you.

Regular mindfulness practice will coach you to be more in tune with yourself and help you to sooner spot the subtle signs of depression so you can manage them earlier.

 


Resources:

Why health anxiety is a medical problem

Finding the positives when news is bad

Reconnecting with what matters and practising gratitude

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Resources

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