It ís as important to have it going on upstairs as it is underneath, and you need to take care of your mind just as much as the rest of your body. Just like with your body, there are things you can do to ensure your mind is as healthy as possible to make sure you get the most out of life, and can help the loved ones in your life do the same.

Mindfulness is about focussing your attention on the present moment, concentrating on what is happening around you right now, as well as what you are thinking and feeling. Mindfulness techniques are a way to train your mind to be present in the moment, without being judgmental. When in a state of mindfulness, one does not label thoughts or feelings as ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but merely notices them as they occur. By mastering mindfulness, one can gain more balance and control over their thoughts and feelings, increase self-awareness, and develop greater self-acceptance.

Mindfulness is an alternative way of thinking to ruminating about past or future events, instead brining the focus back to the here and now. It helps to clear the mind, become more aware of yourself and the environment, manage scattered or racing thoughts, improve concentration and promote relaxation.

Mindfulness can be helpful in managing a range of issues, some of which include stress, anxiety, sleeping problems and depression. It’s not just for use in the clinical setting, however. Everyone can benefit from mindfulness in the constantly changing and stressful world that we live in today. Mindfulness can help in improving your problem solving ability, learning, memory and ability to cope with setbacks.

Mindfulness requires presence of mind, curiosity, commitment to self-improvement and a non-judgemental attitude. There are many physical and mental benefits to mindfulness, and the great thing is that anyone can give it a go.
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