Mindfulness is about being fully aware of living in the moment. Being in the present moment can help us all cope better with our lives and feel happier.

It’s a simple, but powerful way of keeping us in touch with what’s really important about our lives. Mindfulness helps us not to get bogged down by past mistakes or worrying about the future.

Reducing stress

More people across the world are recognising the benefits of mindfulness. If someone is stressed or anxious, they often worry about what might happen in the future rather than what is happening in the present. Mindfulness brings attention to the present moment as opposed to focusing on what might happen.

Mindfulness has also been used in cases of depression. It has been found that mindfulness training helps people who are depressed to become aware of their thoughts and redirect their attention to other aspects of the present moment.

When we’re mindful, it:

  • gives us a clear head
  • slows down our thoughts
  • slows down our nervous system
  • gives our body time to heal
  • lets us relax
  • helps us to concentrate and make the most of every moment
  • helps us cope with stress
  • helps us to be more aware of ourselves, our body and the environment.

Tips to develop mindfulness

  • Be still for a few moments each day – sit quietly doing nothing and observe your breath going in and out. Try to keep your mind clear.
  • Take time to eat quietly and slowly, savouring every bite, thinking about where the food has come from and how it tastes and feels in your mouth.
  • Take time to go for a walk outside, not going too fast and noticing everything around you – really looking at things, and hearing all the sounds around you, not getting caught up by your thinking.
  • Yoga and Tai chi can help you become more aware of your body and how it really feels to be you.
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