It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice what is going on around us.
Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Mindfulness is about being more aware of the sights, smells, sounds and tastes that you experience, as well as the thoughts and feelings that occur from one moment to the next.
Several practices can help create this new awareness of body sensations, thoughts and feelings, including yoga, tai-chi and meditation. But we can also incorporate mindfulness into our day to day lives, for example taking the time to visit a local art gallery, notice the changing seasons or listening to the birds singing on a spring morning.