What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a way of being attentive in the moment, with a clear mind and focusing on the present. It is a way of dealing with the 60-70,000 thoughts a day we have swooshing around in our heads telling us things that are often unhelpful and untrue!
Often these thoughts are based on the future – what might or might not happen. This can often lead to making people feel anxious. Whereas if we dwell on the past, what we ought or not to have done, this can lead us to feel sad or depressed. Mindfulness can help keep these emotions at bay by giving us the freedom to live in the moment.
Originally coming from the Buddhist tradition it has now been secularised and used extensively in education, sports management, corporate training, arts training to name a few!!
Some of the main practices of mindfulness include Mindful Exercise, Mindful Eating, Mindful Emotions, Mindful Empathy, Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindful Meditation.
In the workplace mindfulness can help reduce the costs of work related illness as well as boost productivity as staff are more able to deal with stress and become more focused on their job.