Many people struggle to cope with the pressures of everyday living.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to what is happening at the present moment, using techniques which incorporate meditation, relaxation and Yoga. Mindfulness helps us to become aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we are more equipped to manage them.
Mindfulness has been shown to affect how the brain works. People undertaking mindfulness training have shown increased activity in the area of the brain associated with positive emotion – the pre-frontal cortex – which is generally less active in people who are depressed.
Evidence supplied by www.mentalhealth.org.uk:
Imagine you are having a stressful day, you have come home from work with all of your worries, you feel tired but have a meal to prepare and laundry to hang on the washing line. You go about your chores with precision, organised and efficient, each activity adding to the stress of the day, eating away at your precious relax time.
Your child follows you outside as a butterfly flies above her and a bee buzzes in a flower. You have not observed these things but your child has. “Look Mummy, a buzzy bee..listen to how loud it is Mummy, and look at the butterfly, she is so beautiful”. You have not noticed these things as you are not living in the moment, you are planning your next activity, rushing through your day. You are not observing the world around you. You need to “stop and smell the roses” as the old adage goes. This is Mindfulness in its simplest form. Mindfulness is a form of meditation which explores self awareness and allows us to see the world with a more open view. To step outside of the limits of our thinking and to look at new perspectives.
If we are mindful, we are able to deal with and respond to stresses with a different outlook, a more positive perspective.
To participate in a mindfulness course you could speak with your GP or local primary care mental health team