Mindfulness is an integrative, mind–body-based approach that can help you manage your thoughts and feelings, and change the way you relate to experiences. It is becoming widely used in a variety of ways and contexts, including as a preventative practice for people with experience of recurrent depression, as recommended by NICE.
The practise of Mindfulness helps/teaches us to pay attention to the present moment without judgement, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps us become more aware of our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.
Anyone can learn and practise mindfulness; children, young people and adults can all benefit. It’s simple, you can practise it anywhere and the results can be life-changing. There are different ways to develop an understanding of, and how to practise mindfulness in daily life. It can be practised 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. Even though mindfulness is understood to have Buddhist origins, you don’t need to be religious or spiritual to practise mindfulness.