You’ve probably been hearing an increasing amount about mindfulness recently, and may be wondering what it is and how to achieve it. Well, put very simply, it’s the act of paying attention to the present and training your attention.
There’s a multitude of sources for figuring out mindfulness, and rather than explain it to you, we thought we’d leave it up to the experts. We’re looking at the best ways you can learn about mindfulness – what it is and how to achieve it.
Check out Mrs Mindfulness on YouTube for a guide to what exactly mindfulness is, as well as advice for how to achieve it. We love her videos as a great place to start exploring mindfulness from the comfort of your own home.
Calm is a handy app to have on your phone if you are interested in trying out some meditation. Whether you’ve got 2 minutes spare or 20, Calm is great because it can guide you through the meditation process or you can be left to your own devices. It provides calming music and sounds to set the tone.
The Mindfulness Project aims at educating people about mindfulness through a series of courses that cater to different needs. Whether it’s meditation, creative pursuits or a mindfulness retreat, they’ve got courses for everyone.
They cover topics such as self-compassion, parenting, pain, eating (the end of dieting) and cultivating happiness. A great place to start is by taking their Mindfulness Test so that you can find out what will work best for you.
4. Colouring in
It’s as easy as that. Adult colouring in books (not the naughty kind, just complex drawings!) are great for relieving anxiety and chilling out after a long day. By focusing on the colouring in you will be able to relax and take your mind off any stress factors, even just for half an hour.
5. Be Mindful
Be Mindful offers an online course in mindfulness that you can take from the comfort of your own home. The course has 10 easy to follow sessions including videos and and exercises that will help in your exploration of mindfulness. There are also meditation audio downloads, daily tasks with email accompaniment and an aftercare pack that will make sure you continue on your exercises even after the course is finished.