Mindfulness is a pretty straightforward word. It suggests that the mind is fully attending to what’s happening, to what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through. That might seem trivial, except for the annoying fact that we so often drift off and veer from the matter at hand. Our mind wonders, and pretty soon we’re engrossed in thoughts about something that just happened or fretting about the future. And that makes us anxious.
Mindfulness is a quality that every human being already possesses, it’s not something you have to conjure up, you just have to learn how to access it.
To find out why you should give mindfulness a try, please click HERE to watch a brief video by Dr Shauna Shapiro.
The Mindfulness Calm App is an app available to download on your phone or tablet. It’s filled with hundreds of meditation practices, sleep stories read by celebrities, relaxing music, masterclasses and so much more including how to train your mind.
It is great for beginners and has sessions on the Basics of Mindfulness, learning to meditate, dealing with anxiety and stress, relationships, personal growth and it even has a programme designed for children and young people, (outlined below).
Calm Kids (Ages 11-13)
Session 1 - Intro to Mindfulness (13 Mins)
Session 2 – Warm Heart (6 Mins)
Session 3 - Following the Leader (7 Mins)
Session 4 –Flashlight (8 Mins).
Session 1 - Introduction (13 mins)
Session 2- Loving Kindness (9 min)
Session 3 - Breathing Space (10 mins)
Session 4 - Focus (9 mins)
To have a taste of some of the free sessions it offers please click on the above links. If you would like to explore this app further you can sign in using your school login and you will have the option to subscribe. This is totally optional and if you prefer to click on the unlocked sessions, which are free, you will still get to experience some of the calming meditations and practices they have to offer.
Mindful Wellbeing Tips for a Healthy Body and Mind
Mindful Eating – Start paying attention to what you are eating using ALL your senses.
Stay in touch with friends – Reach out and speak to people
Get enough sleep - If you have trouble sleeping click on this link - Beditation (10.49 mins)
Search the internet for free resources, tips, and guided mindfulness meditations and apps.