Evidence suggests that being mindful reduces stress and anxiety, while building resilience.1,2 There are many ways you can learn how to practise mindfulness in your daily life. You can learn in person, either in a group or one-to-one session, teach yourself from books, or practise tips you can find online. You can also download apps on your mobile phone or tablet.
How you choose to be mindful is up to you. Some people might prefer to listen to music, while others might like to bake, cook or go for short walks around their neighbourhood. Another popular option is mindful meditation.
Try mindful meditation3
- Sit on a chair with your feet on the floor. Close your eyes and place your hands in your lap.
- Focus on what your body is feeling. For example, a breeze against your skin, or your feet pressed against the floor.
When practicing meditation, your mind may start to wander and think about other things. Allow this natural curiosity but don’t get caught up in it. Bring your attention back to your body in the present moment, whenever you find yourself wandering.3
You might find it difficult at first. Stick at it. It will take a while to adjust to this new discipline.