What is mindfulness?

What is mindfulness?

So, what is mindfulness? Here’s a short guide to what mindfulness is, and how can it improve your mental health.
It can be stressful as a teen or young adult and mindfulness may be something you have heard of, but have no idea what its all about or how to try it for yourself.

Here’s our short guide to mindfulness for teens:

It can be stressful as a teen or young adult and mindfulness may be something you have heard of, but have no idea what its all about or how to try it for yourself.

Mindfulness is about experiencing the moment you are in right now (not in the past or in the future, but right now this minute) while being kind and non-judgemental to yourself. You can be mindful at any time and it begins with breathing, noticing what is happening at the time and allowing yourself to acknowledge that experience and letting it go.
It can help you to feel in control of any moment and a good way to help cope with stress or anxiety.  It’s something which takes a bit of practice and it’s important not to feel frustrated when practicing as it’s not as easy as it sounds when you might be feeling anxious or stressed at any particular time, but it definitely works and with practice can be a great tool to add to your mental health toolbox.

Breathing

We breath without even thinking about it, thousands of times a day,  but do you ever stop to think about your breathing?
Take a moment now just to concentrate on your breathe. Only think about your breathing and nothing else for  few moments.  It can be really helpful to find this focus to take you away from any stress or anxiety you are experiencing and to only think about the present moment, the here and now and nothing but your breathing. This allows us find a focus on the present moment and not worry about the past or the future.

Mindfulness Meditation

You don’t have to take up yoga or sit cross legged chanting to meditate. Guided meditations are available online and also there are lots of apps – all of which are free. These help you focus on the present and can help you relax your entire body as well as your mind.

Mindful activities

Next time you are eating – focus only on the experience, what is the taste like, or the texture of the food? Many of us multi-task when eating and don’t fully enjoy the experience. When you go for a walk, listen to the sounds, look closely at what you see around you and be present in that moment and really experience everything around you.

If you are interesting in learning more about mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) there are courses available for teenagers and young adults. Speak to your GP or Counsellor to help guide you to resources available near you.

 

 

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