People can be so busy. If you are rushing through life, you may become oblivious to the present world around you, and even your own thoughts and feelings. Simply taking a moment to become aware of your sensations and surroundings can enable you to better understand yourself and improve your mental health.
This awareness is called mindfulness, something which, for many people, has proven a hugely beneficial way to support their mental and emotional wellbeing.
Mindfulness is a meditation that involves remaining silent as you take time to pay close attention to your thoughts, feelings and the world beyond yourself. During this meditation, if your mind begins to wander, you should patiently bring it back to focusing on the things listed above. Mindfulness allows us to become aware of what is going on inside and outside of ourselves, moment by moment.
Seeing the present moment clearly can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives. This can help us to understand ourselves better and enjoy life more.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends mindfulness as a way to prevent depression in people who have had 3 or more bouts of depression in the past.
Take A Moment To Notice The Everyday
For those that are sceptical about the benefits of mindfulness, it is well worth an internet search in order to access more information on this subject. If you simply feel that you do not have the time in your day to meditate, it can be helpful to pick a regular time, be that during your commute to work or on your lunch break, to focus on the sensations created by your surroundings.
Introduce Someone You Know To Mindfulness
The effects of the COVID-19 crisis have had a negative impact on the mental health of so many individuals.
Do you know someone that is stressed, anxious or depressed? Encourage them to try mindfulness meditation as it could help them to deal with their emotions more effectively.
Dr Harley Farmer is a Master Practitioner in Psychology and he works with people across the globe to prevent diseases, from norovirus to Atopic Eczema. Dr Harley has cared about others throughout his life, especially for those that he felt were not being adequately cared for by the establishment.