Mindfulness is an integrative, mind–body-based training that helps people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences – especially stressful experiences – and is recommended as a treatment for some people with mental health problems including stress, anxiety, and depression.
Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.
Mindfulness can be practised by children, young people and adults. There are different ways to develop an understanding of, and how to practise mindfulness in daily life. Mindfulness can be practiced in person either through a group course or one-to-one with a trained mindfulness coach. There are online courses, books and audio too where you can learn through self-directed practice at home. You don’t need to be religious or spiritual to practise mindfulness – it can help people with or without religious beliefs.Try our online course...
This relaxation exercise is narrated by Mindfulness expert, Professor Mark Williams.
It features a series of breathing and visualisation techniques.