Mindfulness is a much-needed ‘pause’ button for everyday life. It's about being in the present, not the past or future, and using this sense of presence to manage negative thoughts that can take over our minds and make us feel stressed, depressed or anxious.
Focusing all of our attention on the present moment – our emotions, sights, sounds, and sensations in our body – can help us to improve our mental wellbeing and build our resilience. Being resilient is something we can all learn, so we can be more equipped to handle life’s ups and downs. How do we build and strengthen it? It’s simple, by being kind to ourselves, mentally, physically and emotionally; getting better quality sleep, doing moderate exercise, being out in nature ( just half an hour in nature has a lasting effect and can lift our mood for 7 hours ) and having some ‘me time’ are good things to start with.
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