Mindfulness is the idea that we should live in the hear and now, rather than letting our minds wander off and worry. On this page, you can find out more about mindfulness and access some free meditations, books and courses.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the idea that we should live in the here and now. As anxiety sufferers, we often fail to do this. Our minds run off, worrying about a million different things. It makes us miserable and saps all of the enjoyment out of life.
Mindfulness aims to fix it. The idea is to train yourself to bring your thoughts back to the present, reducing the amount of worrying you do and bringing more pleasure to day-to-day activities.
How does it work?
Mindfulness exercises teach you to focus your thoughts on the present. Each exercise will help you practice this so that in the long term it becomes automatic.
This training is usually done through mindfulness meditations. There are specific exercises, often using guided audio, that you can follow along with. The more you do it, the more it becomes part of your routine. Hello, world!
Will it stop me from worrying?
Yes and no. Mindfulness will not prevent the intrusive thoughts from coming into your mind. You will still find your mind wandering from time to time.
However, it will stop you getting tangled up in your thoughts. You will learn to bring your mind back to the present and not allow the worries to drain you emotionally. The more you practice, the more you will be able to do this without thinking about it.
How should I get started?
A great way to get started is by joining out 5-Day Mindfulness For Anxiety course. This course provides you with an introduction to mindfulness and gives you your first five guided audio mindfulness meditations.
It is an online course, and you can work through it at your own pace. Full details can be found below. Mindfulness exercises teach you to focus your thoughts on the present. Each exercise will help you practice this so that in the long term it becomes automatic.
5-Day Mindfulness for Anxiety
Looking for a gentle introduction to using mindfulness to reduce your day-to-day worrying and enjoying life more? Our FREE mindfulness for anxiety course is perfect.
Below you can find guided audio for some short and easy mindfulness meditations.
Learn to be more aware of the sights, sounds and smells around you. Practice guiding your mind back to the present moment when you get distracted.
Learn to focus on observing your breathing. As the breath is always available, it makes an excellent subject that can help you ground yourself when you are struggling with the world.
Body scan meditation
Explore your body and the different sensations contained within it. You might be surprised how many there are. This gives you piece of mind next time you experience a mysterious twitch: it's going on all the time when we pay attention to it.
Learn to shift your focus from point to point. Anxiety can make it difficult to "clear your mind", so, instead, this meditation will focus on shifting your attention around without allowing intrusive thoughts to get in the way.
Leatning to identify and label thoughts as positive or negative without getting caught up in them. By explicitly labelling thoughts, we can take some of the emotional power away from them.
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