BRING A MINDFUL ATTITUDE TO YOUR DAILY LIFE: TKAT WELLBEING WEEK TIP #5Posted on: 25th Jun 2021
TKAT WELLBEING WEEK: 21st-25th JUNE 2021
Every day during TKAT Wellbeing Week, we are bringing you a 'Wellbeing Tip of the Day'
Today's tip is: BRING A MINDFUL ATTITUDE TO YOUR DAILY LIFE.
Mindfulness improves physical health. It can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain and improve sleep.
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction, self-compassion, empathy and overall happiness.
There is more than one way to practice mindfulness, but the goal of any mindfulness technique is to achieve a state of alertness, focused relaxation by deliberately paying attention to thoughts and sensations without judgment. This allows the mind to refocus on the present moment. All mindfulness techniques are a form of meditation.
Mindfulness improves wellbeing. Being mindful makes it easier to appreciate the pleasures in life as they occur, helps you become fully engaged in activities, and creates a greater capacity to deal with adverse events. By focusing on the here and now, many people who practice mindfulness find that they are less likely to get caught up in worries about the future or regrets over the past, are less preoccupied with concerns about success and self-esteem, and are better able to form deep connections with others.
Mindfulness improves physical health. It can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, and improve sleep. Mindfulness also improves mental health. In recent years, psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation as an important element in the treatment of a number of problems, including: depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
If mindfulness meditation appeals to you, going to a class or listening to meditations online can be a good way to start. You don’t have to engage in formal mindful meditations however to bring a mindful attitude to your daily life.
A less formal approach to mindfulness can also help you to stay in the present and fully participate in your life. You can choose any task or moment to practice informal mindfulness.
For example, when brushing your teeth, focus on your breathing and feel your feet grounded on the floor. You could also try mindful walking. Whilst taking a walk, really tune onto the sounds around you, near and far. Try to experience the textures of the different sounds around you. You might also notice other sensations of walking, or the elements.
You could also experiment with some mindful eating - don’t multi-task, but really focus on the sensations of eating with all of your senses.
Lastly, take the time to notice the small moments of joy - a colleague's thanks, your child’s hug. Pause for a moment rather than moving on to the next thing immediately. You will start to notice more of these daily, joyful moments.
Why not start today?
We hope our daily wellbeing tips are helpful.