I recently went on a course with work which enlightened me on what exactly mindfulness is and taught me how such a simple practice can make such a BIG DIFFERENCE in my everyday life.
I previously thought that mindfulness was just trying to think positive so therefore my internal thought was ‘that’s easier said than done’. It turns out mindfulness is actually the process of bringing your attention to the current moment in time; such as attention to the breath and how your body feels when you breathe in and out.
It’s done through guided meditation, the main method I’ve been using is something called a Body Scan. For example, you will be told to focus all of your attention on to your feet and how they feel, at this moment you are blocking out every other thought, anything that’s previously stressing you is gone. You will work your way up the body focusing your attention on a small part of it until you get to the breath when you will then concentrate on your breathing.
The app I’m using to do this is called ‘Headspace’. There are hundreds of different meditations on the app; the meditations are categorised so you can choose the best ones for you. A few of the different topics include Stress & Anxiety, falling back to sleep, personal growth, productivity, kids, physical health and many more.
I mainly use the app before I go to sleep, I will get comfy in bed and try to meditate for 10-15 minuites before going to sleep. This helps to totally relax me, I am able to switch off from anything that has been stressing me out that day. My mind becomes totally focused on what the app is telling me to do, eg: breathe in for 3 seconds and then out for 2 seconds.
If the app is something you find really helps you then you’re able to subscribe to it to unlock even more meditations. I think it’s fantastic that a resource like this is now available so widely for everyone to use and parts of it are even totally FREE!
I found on the nights I use the app to meditate I go into a deeper sleep which means I feel more awake the next morning. This then has a positive impact on my next day at work as I’m feeling more lively/ happy.
Have you tried practicing Mindfulness?