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Mindful Moments - Take a Seat.

Take a moment out of your day and find somewhere peaceful to sit. Feel the sun on your face and relax by closing your eyes or softening your gaze. Be aware of your breath, the surroundings around you. It's time to be you.

Taking time out from our busy schedule is very important, even just for a short time each and every day. Get closer to nature, we are not meant to be indoors all day!

To help stave off feelings of anxiety leading to depression mindful moments are a good way to help with this. Regularly engaging in a good habit helps us to reframe negative thought patterns. Mindfulness is promoted by health professionals as a way to reconfigure our minds away from our busy lives.

Engage in mindfulness by bringing your attention to the present moment instead of giving focus to the future or past events. Continue to concentrate on your breath.

Now engage in a full body scan to be aware of any aches but then let go of any pain or tension. Start with your shoulders, then move to your neck and around your head. Then slowly make your way down the rest of your body. Arms, wrists hands, followed by the trunk of your body legs ankles and feet. Continue to concentrate on your breath.

Don't think for a minute that you have failed if your thoughts begin to wander. Just simply try to get your thoughts back to your body scanning. This may happen a few times so don't worry.

Research shows that engaging in regular Mindful Moments can not only help to reduce stress and anxiety but also enable and enhance our sleep. We become more familiar with slowing down our natural body rhythm and falling asleep naturally rather than falling asleep when we are exhausted.

So once your mindfulness moment comes to an end - What will you take away with you today from your mindfulness session?

If you would like counselling incorporating mindfulness therapy (MBCT) please do get in touch. I can offer you a one-off session on a one-to-one basis or on a regular timetable if you prefer. i.e. weekly, monthly etc. Also, arrangements can be made for family/group sessions.


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