Mindfulness in May
Learn how to use this powerful psychological tool to optimise your emotional wellbeing this month. Each week we'll be adding new mindfulness resources.
Week 1: How can mindfulness help me?
I'm so excited to share with you this secret to emotional health and wellbeing. Mindfulness is an approach to life and a powerful psychological tool (that actually changes the structure of your brain!) to deal with our internal experiences such as feelings and thoughts in reaction to our external world. Although, it’s derived from Eastern philosophy, mindfulness isn’t all about meditation. You don't have to sit cross-legged and dedicate yourself to spirituality if you don't want to. The basic premise of mindfulness is awareness of your internal world (emotions, thoughts, and bodily sensations) and external world without judgement of whether something is good or bad. So, it’s noticing both your internal and external experience as an objective and conscious observer.
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Week 2: Mindfulness of Breath
This week's mindfulness exercise is foundational in helping to reduce stress and anxiety though belly-breaths and training the mind to be grounded in the breath while being detached from thoughts. This exercise is made up of two parts, the first, is to learn to breath through the belly (not through heaving shoulders and chest). Through these deep "belly breaths" we can shift our stress response to a rest and digest state. The second part of the exercise is training the mind to be aware when it's thinking, and bring it back to focusing on the rhythm of the breath. We want to be aware that we having thoughts and not judge them as being "good" or "bad". We also want to resist going down the rabbit-hole of thoughts by gently bringing back our attention to the breath every time we realise we are thinking. So we're starting experience our internal world as a conscious observer.
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Week 3: Mindfulness of Emotions
This week's mindfulness exercise helps us to build tolerance towards painful emotions, while savouring our pleasurable ones. This is done by teaching us to relate to our emotions differently. Instead of being swept up and taken for a ride by our emotions, we learn to watch our emotions at a distance with a sense of curiosity rather than judgement. This distance allows the space to make wise decisions.
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Week 4: Mindful Eating
It's the last week of Mindfulness in May, and for the last week we're introducing mindful eating. Regularly practising mindful eating helps reduce impulsive overeating. Often people describe finding their food tastier and they are quickly satisfied by smaller amounts. Find out more about mindful eating on our blog.