What are you doing to take care of your mental wellbeing? What does self-care look like for you? Being mindful is something we hear a lot about, fundamentally it’s about learning to be more present and aware but also understanding your emotions and putting tools in place to support your mental wellbeing.
Practicing mindfulness and meditation techniques you develop the ability to be more present. You become more mindful about the many different aspects of your life, from your diet and lifestyle habits to how you interact with others and engage with the world around you. When you are present you are neither thinking about the past or the future. This is where you need to be.
Observation of thoughts is something the Buddhists and Yoga masters have been practising for centuries. The mind is a very powerful tool, we’re believed to have an average of 6200 thoughts per day.
We are all guilty of overthinking! But it’s overthinking and worry that contribute to stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Meditation and mindfulness practices are proven to be excellent tools where we learn to observe, to witness our thoughts and emotions as they arise.Through regular practice you start to notice that most of your thoughts are patterns on repeat. The mind is either caught up thinking about a past event, or contemplating and fantasising what may or may not happen in the future.
I would encourage everyone to learn mindfulness techniques and bring meditation practice into your daily life. You can enjoy some free resources using the links at the end of this article.
Most adults require between 6-9 hours sleep a night. But we’re just not getting sufficient rest regularly to give our body and mind the rest it needs to rejuvenate.
We live in a society where it’s normal to fill as much as we can into a day. By doing so we neglect the need for a good night’s sleep. It’s very easy to fall into a pattern of late nights. Technology has made it easy for us to get drawn into late night Netflix binge sessions. Or we’re busy scrolling through social media on our phones before we go to sleep.
Regular sleep is essential for healthy wellbeing and for ensuring your mind is well rested. When you sleep your immune system releases small inflammation fighting proteins called cytokines, your sympathetic nervous system rests, that means the stress hormone, cortisol is reduced.
I’ve made a promise to myself this year, no technology after 9pm. I’m not saying I won’t slip from this commitment from time to time, but I’m determined that I will switch off in the evenings and sleep earlier.