A Beginners Guide To Mindfulness

There’s a big buzz around mindfulness at the minute and a lot of talk about how it can help you in your everyday life.  Here we’ve got all you need to know to start your mindfulness journey from what exactly it is, how it can help you and how you can get started today!

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the human ability to not be overwhelmed by things around us by being fully present in the moment.  It is the ability to not react greatly to things that may overwhelm us.

We all naturally possess the ability to be mindful, it can just take some practice for it to become second nature to us.

It has been proven that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodelling the physical structure of your brain.  You’re being mindful if you are fully aware of your thoughts and emotions in any situation you’re directly experiencing.

Why is it helpful?

Mindfulness is great to help prevent you being overwhelmed by day-to-day life.  It helps you to let thoughts pass and realise you’re not your thoughts and they don’t consume you.  Many doctors have recommended practicing mindfulness daily to treat acute anxiety. By practicing regularly, being mindful will become natural to you in all life situations, resulting in a calmer, more focused and more present you.  Alongside practicing mindfulness, our supplement Mind Matrix is great to help balance your emotions and assists the body’s natural ability to try and stabilize your mood.

Getting started

You don’t need to sit meditating for hours on end to be more mindful, just short practices each day can really help put space in between ourselves and our reactions. Here are our basic tips to get you started:

  • Make Time - Whilst you don’t need loads of time, you need some. Make sure you carve our some you time for your practice.  Sit however is comfortable for you in a space you enjoy.
  • Observe - The aim of mindfulness isn’t to quiet the mind and block out all thoughts, it is the aim of paying attention and taking in the present moment without any judgement.  So observe what is going on around you.
  • Let Thoughts Come and Go - Whatever thoughts or judgements come into your mind during your practice, take note of them and then let them go.  Make a note that they are just a thought.
  • Return To The Present Moment - Each time you realise your thoughts have drifted away from the sounds, smells and feelings around you, bring your mind back to the present moment.  Don’t get angry if your mind drifts, you will get better with practice.
  • Breathe - Be conscious of your breath.  If it helps you stay in the present moment, take note of your breath and count 10 breaths.  Start again once you reach 10. This will help you be present and calmer.

  • We hope this helps you start your journey of mindfulness, remember self-care of the mind is just as important as taking care of yourself physically.  Both will complement each other if you ensure you have a good combination of healthy eating, exercising, mindfulness, sleeping and staying hydrated!

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