Mindfulness – A little helping hand

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Mindfulness is one of those things not so long ago I would have dismissed. Not because of ignorance, just purely because I didn’t understand it.

I decided I would learn more about it and see if it could really benefit my life. I’m very pleased to say it has..

My reason for wanting to know more about mindfulness was purely because of my ongoing battle with anxiety and of course, stress. I’m not going to sit here and claim I have the worst anxiety in the world, not at all. But at one point in my life it did start to control every aspect of it.

I struggled with every day things, just going to the shop was enough to set my anxiety off. And at that point, I knew I had to try and do something about it. Mindfulness among many other strategies has definitely helped.

I was gifted a little book not too long ago and it has been the one thing that has helped me become more mindful. It is called The Little Book Of Mindfulness by Dr Patrizia Collard. I believe it costs around £6, depending on where you purchase it from.

This book is very simple, not all that much to it. A little description on what mindfulness is and ways it can help your life. I don’t use it on a daily basis, not because I’m lazy but just because I don’t need to. I use it on days when I really feel like I need it.

Mindfulness is something I think we all should do more of. But maybe it’s something we tend to over look or just simply don’t know enough about. There are so many things out there that claim to change your life for the better, so adding another to the long list doesn’t seem important.

I guess you could say it works along side meditation (that’s the way I see it anyway). It’s just a simple way of being more present. For example, when you go for a walk; don’t rush, don’t be on your phone the whole time. Walk with meaning, take in all your surroundings, take notice of all the small things you might not have noticed before, be present and extremely grateful of the world around you.

It doesn’t have to take up your whole day, 5 or 10 minutes will do the trick. It’s important not to over complicate it either. If it’s easier, do some research on it first, you’ll find thousands of different techniques, most of which will work for you.

I hate to mention it again but, during this time which we are all currently in.. doing this simple step may help. Do it on your daily walk, or run if you prefer. This is the perfect time to practice something new, something beneficial and most importantly something that can better our lives.

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