With busy schedules and busy lives the norm these days, you may have heard the term ?being mindful? being used. But what is it and how can it help you?
Being mindful simply means being aware of whatever you are doing as you are doing it, from eating to walking, standing in a queue or typing at your desk. Even your breathing, if you are sitting on a train for example.
By doing this, it helps you stay in the present moment and focus your mind, instead of mentally thinking about a hundred different things at once, which usually means your mind is in the past(thinking about things that have happened) or the future (thinking about things that might happen, or things you need to do).
The simple act of mindfulness is said to improve both physical and mental health, as it stops you getting caught up in worries or to-do lists and helps keep you focused, while noticing things that may have gone un-noticed before; perhaps the flowers in bloom on your way to work, or your child?s happiness while playing with a toy, or the relaxing feeling of applying your facial moisturiser.
Mindfulness can in turn help to relieve stress, improve sleep, lower blood pressure and increase happiness, among other health benefits.
Here are some tips on mindfulness to help you along your way:
? Don?t feel like you always have to be doing something. If you find you have a spare moment, don?t be tempted to pick up your phone or browse the internet or whatever; use that time to simply be, becoming aware of your surroundings ? sights and sounds.
? Whenever possible, become aware of your breathing; don?t force it, just let it go at its natural pace and feel the sensation of it in your nose, the rise and fall of your chest and your belly.
? Focus on the sensations of whatever activity you are doing; for example if you are sat at your desk, notice the feel of the computer under your fingertips, the pressure of your body on your seat, the sound of your keyboard as you type.
Claudia Louch is an internationally-renowned natural holistic skin specialist, nutritionist, pharmacologist and health scientist operating from her Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic in Harley Street, London.