Your Mental Health & Mindfulness
Your mental health and mindfulness
Today is World Mental Health Day so I decided I would write about how mindfulness can help with your mental health.
You will never feel happy all the time, there will be times in life where you will experience negative or painful emotions because of grief, loss or failure which are all part of life. Mindfulness can help you to improve your mental wellbeing, allowing you to have greater control of how you cope with the ups and downs of life.
Mental wellbeing includes factors such as:
- Feeling good about ourselves
- Able to deal with the challenges of life and taking your opportunities when they come up
- Feeling connected – to community, friends, family
- Feeling valued and having a sense of purpose in life
“Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.”
Mindfulness can be used to help manage your mental wellbeing. Everyone has feelings of stress or feeling down and usually theses feeling pass. For some of us they develop further. This is where mindfulness comes in – mindfulness has shown to have many positive benefits for people’s health including:
- Relationships with others
- Addictive behaviours
- Heart disease
- Chronic pain
Practicing mindfulness can be as simple as going for a walk, leaving the phone and earphones behind, and appreciating the flowers, grass and listening to the birds singing. Taking a few mindful breaths at difficult times can help you take a step back and re-evaluate the situation that you are in.
For more complex issues and to learn how to go deeper into mindfulness practice you should join a mindfulness class run by trained facilitators who can teach you how to do it most effectively and in a safe environment.