October 10th each year marks World Mental Health Day, a dedicated day when we as a community look at mental health, stemming problems, associated consequences and look for where we can help those living with mental health conditions.
One interesting article I came across on the BBC was around mindfulness and how we all can take small steps to be mindful each day and try to keep our minds from being at capacity of pressures whether that is work life, home life or your social life.
Some the the below steps were quoted by the BBC to help increase your mindfulness
- Notice the everyday - engage your senses, for example to think about the food you eat and the feeling of the air moving past as you walk
- Choose a regular time for your practice, for example during your morning commute or on a lunchtime walk.
- Try seeing things from a different perspective. This can be as simple as choosing a different seat at school, college or in a work meeting, or going somewhere new for lunch
- As well as practising in day-to-day life, you can set aside time for mindfulness meditation, yoga or tai-chi
The above is not an exhaustive list of what we can do to increase mindfulness, however it is definitely a good place to start for those just coming to understand mindfulness and the idea of just clearing out our mind for a little bit of time each day.
If you'd like to know more about mindfulness you can read the full article here.