What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is not a distraction technique nor a relaxation exercise, it is a state of mind. It is the practise of being aware of your body, thoughts and feelings in the present moment. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking it is about creating calm and focusing in a relaxed, easy way.

Why should you practice mindfulness

Being mindful can help you in just about every part of your life including:

  • Lowers stress and anxiety
  • Reduces negative thinking
  • Boosts memory
  • Enhances self-satisfaction
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Improves physical health


How to practice mindfulness

  • Mindfulness Breathing – Take a deep breath in through your nose, be aware of the air as it rises through your nostrils, down the throat and into your chest and shoulders. Feel it as it fills your ribs and falls into your tummy. Now slowly follow the breath on the return journey, sighing away any stress or tension as the air leaves your body.  Repeat several times, keeping your attention focussed on the journey of your breath.
  • Mindfulness Walking –  Find a nice quiet area away from busy traffic. Walk a little slower than normal. Be conscious of breathing steadily but deeply and focus on your surroundings by using each of your senses. Let any thoughts come and go without paying them any attention, keep guiding your mind back to your breathing and senses.
  • Mindfulness Body Scan – Lie down comfortably on your back with your arms by your side and your legs extended. Take a deep breath in through your nose then breathe out slowly and steadily through your mouth. Continue to keep calm, rhythmic breathing going as you bring your attention mindfully to each part of your body, in order. Concentrate on relaxing each muscle as you work through from head to toe. You might like to listen to our guided mindfulness meditation here: