In the third 5 Ways to Wellbeing blog we’re sharing some tips for helping to clear your mind and pay attention to the present moment.
Your awareness of the present moment is also known as mindfulness. Mindfulness can help you positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges, ultimately improving your mental wellbeing. This includes paying more attention to your thoughts and feelings, your body, and the world around you.
The best thing is that anyone can do it! Anyone can benefit and it’s easy to learn. Here are a few proven techniques you can use to practice mindfulness:
If you only have a few minutes:
- Stop for a minute. Even bringing short pauses into your everyday life can make a difference: an un-interrupted cup of tea, listening to your favourite song or even just taking time to recognise your thoughts.
- Take pauses wherever is comfortable for you. This can be seated, walking, standing or moving (it’s also possible lying down – but be prepared you may fall asleep!). Just relax and focus on your breathing – it’s easy as that!
- Use guides to help. If you have access to a smart phone or tablet, you can check out these apps for short, guided meditations, mindfulness journals, and motivational messages.
If you have an hour:
- Schedule an hour for yourself. Recognise that it is an important part of your day, and don’t worry about what you must do later – enjoy being present.
- Try new things. Even taking a different route on your daily walk can help you to notice the world in a new way. Observe the nature, what colour the sky is, or how the air feels on your skin.
If you have a day:
- Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day. Tidying up your home will help to declutter your mind. Check out the KonMari Method which places importance on being mindful and introspective. Take a look at these handy tidying tips before you start. It’s important you check with your health provider before tackling any large objects or tricky-to-reach places. Always start with small items first.
- Try some light yoga or Tai Chi. These physical exercises can help with developing awareness of your body and your breathing. It is proven to be excellent for mindfulness – check out our ‘Get Active’ blog here for tips*.
*Please always check with your GP before making any changes to your lifestyle or activity levels. And if you’d like some extra support to stay active, Guinness Care at Home can help. Get in touch with us here.
**Any reference in this article to any organisation, activities, products or services, or links to websites of another party, does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favouring by Guinness Care, and other options may be available which are not mentioned here. Please check directly with each organisation about their activities and services, as these may be subject to change.