mindfulness for your wellbeing
Have you ever driven your car somewhere and arrived at your destination only to realise you remember nothing about your journey? Or started eating a packet of crisps and then suddenly noticed all you had left in your hands was an empty packet? We are going to put it out there and say that most of us have.
These are common examples of ‘mindlessness’, a state we also often refer to as being on ‘autopilot’.
When we slip into autopilot (and research shows that the average person is in autopilot 47% of the time) our attention is absorbed in our wandering minds and we are not really present in our own lives.
In this busy, hyper-connected world we live in, it is all too easy to lose ourselves in autopilot for much of the day...every day. On autopilot we tend to get lost in ‘doing’ so we find ourselves constantly struggling and ‘getting stuff done’ instead of really living. We also become vulnerable to anxiety, stress, and depression.
what is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the opposite of mindlessness. It means waking up out of autopilot and taking the steering wheel of our attention again. Mindfulness is about re-discovering a way of life without the autopilot. It is a way of being, living, thinking, that is so much more than just meditation.
It is about being present in the present. It is about noticing what is going on for you right now, in your mind and body. And acknowledging it: your feelings, emotions, even pain, without dismissing anything.
why would you want to practice mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a quiet, yet powerful practice, which can transform the way you perceive and experience your life.
Far beyond helping us become more present, it can change:
how we react to stress,
how we interact & communicate with family, friends & loved ones,
how we think and behave,
how we feel (including how we feel about our feelings!)
Mindfulness is a tool that can help you to transform your entire world from the inside out.
exploring mindfulness for wellbeing
attend a workshop
Fiorenza is hosting a mindfulness workshop on the 24th March. It’s a women only workshop aimed at discovering mindfulness. This is the opportunity to experience what mindfulness is really about.
You can find more information or get tickets here.
try an app or browse the web
There are various free and inexpensive apps available to download onto a phone or computer, if you are looking for flexible or digital access to mindfulness.
The calm.com app is great for furthering meditation and sleep calm. While mindfulness is different from meditation, this app is a good tool to bring awareness to your mind and body.
There are also a range of mindfulness and meditation guides on the internet, so you may want to take a look at what sites such as YouTube have to offer.
You can also find out more on the NHS website.
other ways to wellbeing
The New Economic Foundation conducted research and published a list of 5 ways to wellbeing. They are:
give to others
If you are interested in exploring other ways to increase your wellbeing, you may wish to start with one of their other recommendations.
We use these principles in our RISE programme or you may have your own ideas of how to pursue your goals.
If you are unsure about anything to do with your health, always contact a professional who can point you in the right direction. Mindfulness practice is very personal, so you may wish to test multiple avenues until you find the best practice for you.
And if you have any questions or feedback about anything you have read on this blog, please do get in contact and we would be happy to help.