What do we mean by Mindfulness?
The Quality of being ‘present’ and fully engaged with whatever we are doing at that moment, free from distraction or judgement, and aware of our thoughts and feeling without getting caught up in them. Mindfulness is a practice that supports the capacity to stay focused on what you are doing, as you are doing it. It can bring a sense of calm and effectiveness into everyday life when practiced regularly and enhances mental capacity.
I find if I am feeling very overwhelmed, or overtired and I do a short meditation it almost feels like I have had a powernap! I feel really refreshed. And I was never really interested in meditation, but just kept reading about the amazing benefits of it. It doesn’t have to be meditation though, your mindfulness could be:
- a walk in nature
- baking your favourite treat
- mindful colouring
- doing a jigsaw puzzle
- breathing exercises etc…it all helps.
Four ways Mindfulness enhances Happiness:
- It can help us to get out of negative thought loops if we start to notice unhelpful patterns of thought.
- It can make us feel more connected to others and enrich our relationships, with quality present-moment attention on the people around us.
- It can connect us to a sense of inner contentment.
- It can enhance our gratitude, guiding us to a more abundant mindset.
An acronym I learnt a few years ago at a fantastic talk given by ‘The Resilience Project’ was G.E.M.: Gratefulness, Empathy, Mindfulness. These are three important keys to improving and maintaining great mental health.
Mindfulness is also a great way to manage stress in your life.