Mindfullness

Introduction to Mindfulness

Hey Pythain Community,

In this blog I am going to introduce you to Mindfulness. Now don’t close the page! I know a lot of people believe that mindfulness is rubbish and has no benefits. But trust me…

If you haven’t heard of Mindfulness, let me explain. Mindfulness is the ability to be fully in the present, and not think about the future or the past. Often, our minds are buzzing constantly with thoughts about the past or the future without us even realising. Even simple thoughts like “where did I leave my keys this morning?” or “what will I do at school tomorrow?” can be draining when they stack up and constantly distract you from the present. Mindfulness has a lot of benefits such as reducing stress and sadness and increasing focus and happiness.

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So how can you practise mindfulness? 

To help you practice, each week I will post a mindfulness activity for you to do. This may be a recording of my voice talking you through a breathing exercise or it may be one for you to take away and do in your own time.

All exercises will be able to be done alone, or in a group you feel safe with.These can also be done with children in your household. Starting mindfulness early can be a great way to work on emotional regulation and teaching children how to recognise their feelings.

This weeks activity

This is a simple exercise to centre yourself, and connect with your environment. Practice anytime of the day.

Pause

Sit or lie down, make sure you are comfortable. Start by taking 5 deep breaths in and out. Take your time and move onto the next step.

5 Things

Look around you and notice 5 things you can see. Listen carefully, and notice 5 things you can hear. Finally notice 5 things that are in contact with your body, this could be your watch against your wrist or you clothes against your body.

DISCLAIMER

I am not a mental health professional, and any advice on this page is advice that comes from professional sites such as NHS or MIND and will be linked. Do not use any of these pages as a replacement for professional help or medication.

If you feel you do need more help, please speak to your GP.

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