Some of us hippies have really benefited from using mindfulness in our day to day lives. It’s the ability to be really present in the moment. To be mindful is to be aware of our mind, body and surroundings, without judgement.

Mindfulness is a technique that has roots in Buddhism and meditation, and can help your mental health in many ways.

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Watch Jen's story to see how she's found making time for mindfulness and meditation so important.

For Jacs, mindfulness has helped her make the most of life, and enjoy the 'simple things' when she struggled with the impact of dysplasia on her day-to-day life.

Read Jacs' blog to find out how mindfulness has helped her.

Top tips for mindfulness

You’re probably wondering, how does mindfulness work? Well, it’s about focusing your thoughts on the present moment, and away from other things that may enter your mind. Here's how:

  1. Decide on a time when you want to be mindful
    When you’re beginning, it will be helpful to take some time away from tasks when practising. Having said that, you can also be mindful while doing daily tasks such as showering and folding laundry.
  2. Observe the moment
    What can you hear, see, smell and feel with your body? What is your body doing and how does it feel? What emotions are you feeling?
  3. Return to the present moment when needed
    Sometimes we notice judgments are creeping into our thoughts or our minds get carried away. Observe that this is happening and try to let the thoughts go.
  4. Remain non-judgmental
    It can be challenging to stay focused. Rather than feel disappointed if your mind wanders (it will!), stay calm and return to observing the present moment.

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Top tip

The mental health charity Mind recommends some brilliant mindfulness exercises such as: body scan, mindful colouring, mindful meditation, mindful eating and mindful moving. But remember, even daily activities such as cooking can be done mindfully!