Many people stereotype those who practise mindfulness and meditation. But this stigma is slowly being lifted as more and more people are finding out about the health benefits of what has turned into a growing trend.

Mindfulness is a mind-body based training that helps you to manage your thoughts and feelings. It’s been proven to be particularly useful for conditions like stress, anxiety and depression.

There are several different ways to practise mindfulness, including yoga, meditation and breathing exercises.

Everyday mindfulness

Trying to be mindful on a daily basis can be tricky to begin with. We’re so used to running on autopilot in some situations, that tuning into our senses can actually be harder than it sounds. 

It’s all about learning to live in the present by paying attention to what’s around you and your senses. Taking small steps and slowly trying to do a little bit more each time is a great way to start.

Some simple steps to consider include the following. 

  • Mindful eating – pay attention to how your food looks, feels and tastes
  • Incorporating exercise into your day – pick a time like walking to work to notice the weather and your surroundings
  • Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings without trying to change them – name them if you like and then let them go. Think of your thoughts and feelings as if they are passing by like clouds in the sky
  • Know your limits and don’t try to take on too much

Helping you be more mindful, wherever you are

As more people try mindfulness and become aware of the amazing effects it can have, it’s becoming easier to do exercises, wherever you are.

Businesses are supporting mindfulness by making it easier to access information. You’re now able to access apps, podcasts and short guides that can be read or listened to through your smart device whilst you’re on the move.

Whether you’re looking for guidance on how you can enjoy your food more, help with your breathing techniques or to spend 10 minutes doing a quick burst of mindfulness meditation on your lunch break, information is more readily available.

Check out any of the following to find out more:

Headspace – this tool, which can be downloaded as a smartphone app, describes itself as a gym membership for your mind. You can start off with a 10-minute course over 10 days.

Be Mindful – you can try mindfulness using this website using their 10 30-minute modules that you can do at your own pace. They also publish text-based information that you can read on the move.

Calm – The 7 steps of calm feature on this app gives you guided sessions with soothing background scenes and music. It’s also free to download.

Jane Bozier, mental health nurse at Bupa UK, recently recorded these mindfulness podcasts that you can try out in anywhere, at any time.