Our mind is not a good fit for how and where we live.

By practicing mindfulness we have the power to respond to our environment differently.

The Mindful Nation Report was published in 2015 by the UK Government. According to the report in 2015, up to  10 per cent of the UK adult population was experiencing Depression with only 1 in 3 receiving support.

The UK report found that the best way to tackle the problem is to encourage the practice of mindfulness In the workplace, education, health, criminal justice system.

Millions of people around the world practice mindfulness. It is seen as a natural, safe and accessible approach to benefiting our mental health in much the same way as jogging is to physical fitness.

To be mindful means to pay attention to what is happening in the mind, body and immediate environment – to remain present, curious and compassionate.

The practice can be as simple as an awareness of breath and body. We observe our thoughts and emotions as they come and go before gently returning focus to physical sensations while remaining curious and accepting.

We can all benefit from increasing our awareness while being less reactive and judgemental. Mindfulness can help you foster a more healthy, compassionate response to your own experiences and of others around you.

Countless research studies have proven that practicing mindfulness has many significant benefits to our mental health.

It appears that mindfulness had many benefits it helps us manage existing stress and offers protection from future upsets. We feel happier, more focused, creative with improved sleeping patterns. While mindfulness does not change all that happens to you, it does change your relationships with what happens.

Mindfulness apps worthy of your attention.

Smiling Mind – free download

A not for profit organisation. The app features hundreds of meditations. They are organised into structured programmes.

My Life Meditation  – free download

By Lynne