What is Mindfulness?
What are you doing to be more Mindful? What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. Especially at this time, it is easy to stop noticing the world around us. It is easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and end up just with our thoughts in our head without stopping to notice how these thoughts might be affecting our emotions and behaviour.
So an important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and different sensations, for example, sights, sounds, smells and tastes. But also to be aware of our thoughts and feelings as they are in the moment. If we see ourselves in the present moment clearly it can positively change the way we see ourselves and our lives.
If we have this awareness then it does help us to recognise anxiety and stress earlier and helps us deal with them better.
So to be more mindful remind yourself to take notice of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you and it can be helpful to make sure you do this regularly, even daily, at the same time of day. Notice the everyday, the food you eat, the sun or wind on your face and try new things. This will have a huge effect on interrupting our day to day life (especially in lockdown), develop an awareness of our thoughts and feelings and give us a new perspective on life.
I believe it is important to do this so that we come out the other side of Covid better people. I definitely have days when I do not achieve it so don’t beat yourself if you have a bad day just take it one day at a time!