It can be easy to get lost in the turbulence of everyday life without stopping to notice much, especially if you find yourself in a busy hospital. Paying more attention to the present moment, your thoughts, feelings, and the environment around you, can be a really helpful way of improving your mental wellbeing.
What is Mindfulness?
Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says that mindfulness means knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment. Being aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings inside all of us can help us notice signs of anxiety and stress earlier, helping us to deal with them.
Meditation apps have become one of the easiest and most accessible ways to start and maintain a mindfulness practice. Whether you prefer guided visualisation, deep breathing exercises or calming sleep stories, mindfulness meditation can be a huge added benefit to your daily wellness routine.
Click the link below to see the NHS recommended apps:
Click the link below to try a quick mindful breathing exercise
If you’d like to read more on mindfulness, you can do so here on the NHS website:
How to be more mindful:
Here is a quick list of bullet point ideas to consider when thinking about how to be more mindful:
Notice the everyday
Keep it regular
Try something new
Watch your thoughts
Name thoughts and feelings
Free yourself from past and future
Music and Mindfulness
It can be difficult to know where and how to start a meditation. Some people find that music helps to create a calming space.
UHBW Chaplain Reverend Denis Deasey leads a short Meditation on Loving Kindness with a musical accompaniment from Claire Fraser-Tytler, Music Therapist, BRHC.