I’ve been away from blogging for a short while, which is a shame really as it’s something I enjoy. Here’s part of how I’ve been spending my time.
This is the article I wrote for my mental health well-being column in Only Peterborough magazine. If you fancy trying out mindfulness, I wrote a meditation mp3 to accompany the article. If you’re quick, there are still some free copies left. (If not, it’s really cheap anyway!). The free voucher code is ONLY25FREE.
The human brain is a sophisticated thought factory, churning out an astounding 70,000 thoughts every single day, sifting through multiple scenarios and choosing the best route forward: What colour to paint the walls? What to say in that interview? Which chocolate to buy? Most of these thoughts go completely un-noticed, dismissed without ‘you’ even being aware you thought them.
Usually this works well enough, getting you through today and into next week safe and sound. Sometimes though, these behind-the-scenes thoughts take hold leading to stress and anxiety. You worry about the past but no matter how hard you wish, can’t go back and change it. Anxiety spins its negative thoughts around your future and your thought factory searches out all the ways everything could possibly go wrong.
Fortunately help is at hand. Mindfulness is the current cure-all of the moment, appearing in You Tube videos, Facebook pages, blogs and even articles in your local magazine! Whether you’re Tom Cruise’s character in The Last Samurai, (“Too many minds – No Mind”), an ex-monk on a Michael Mosley documentary or just plain you and me, Mindfulness works.
It has a simple underlying concept. Reality is what is happening right here, right now. The past has been and gone. The future hasn’t happened yet. Mindfulness reminds you of this, reconnecting you with what’s real.
Scientific research even indicates that Mindfulness Meditation changes the make-up of your brain. It reduces the density of the amygdala, (key in processing emotional reactions), increases neural connections and helps control alpha rhythms which affect the sensations your body and mind pay attention to.
And here’s the best bit. Contrary to popular belief you don’t need years of practice, don’t need to do yoga or sit in the lotus position for hours on end. It can take as little as 10 minutes a day.
Give it a try. Go on. You deserve it.
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