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September 21st is Mindful Monday, so today we would like to encourage you to all take part in a mindfulness activity.
What is Mindfulness?
A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
What Mindfulness activities can I do?
There are many things you can do to practice mindfulness. Below are a few suggestions that you can try out at home on your own, or with your family or friends (sticking to social distancing rules).
Yoga is a great way of exercising both your body and your mind and works well as mindfulness activity. Below is a beginner’s yoga session you can follow along to at home. Don’t worry, there are no complicated stretches or positions, but if you feel uncomfortable with any of the ones in the video, give them a miss.
As the saying goes, Nature is a great healer. Being amongst nature and paying attention to your surroundings is another mindfulness activity you can try out. We don’t always pay attention to surroundings and take the time to take it all in with our busy lives, we are always rushing from place to place with thoughts filling our heads and nature just passes us by most of the time.
The video below is a guided mindful walking guide for walking or hiking in nature. Take yourself to a local nature spot and follow along to the video on your phone, or watch the video before you go out and repeat what you have learned.
Another great mindfulness activity is meditation which is great for the body and mind. Meditation can also be helpful for depression, anxiety and stress and help can also help with sleep problems.
Take 10mins out of your day today, find somewhere comfortable, and follow along to this guided meditation video.
For those of you that are not able to take part in the physical mindfulness activities you could give mindfulness colouring a go.
You can find out more information about mindfulness colouring with free printable colouring prints here: https://www.betweensessions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/mindfulness-coloring-book-4_25-16.pdf
You can find more free colouring-in prints from Draw my Town here: https://drawmytown.com/colouring-in-prints-free/
If you don’t have a printer there are some free online colouring-in prints you can try here: https://www.mombooks.com/mom/online-activities
For more information on mindfulness and other activities you can try visit National Mind’s website: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/mindfulness/mindfulness-exercises-tips/
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