Are you feeling anxious or a bit low at times? Are you having trouble sleeping or getting rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings? Learning a few simple skills to help you feel better in yourself could be the solution you’re seeking.
Mindfulness is all about learning to notice and be more aware. Did you know it’s said we spend up to 80% of our day on auto-pilot, ‘doing’ stuff without really noticing what’s going on around us?
We’re all negative thinkers!
It’s all part of the human condition to have a tendency for negative thinking, harking back to our ancestry when we would have needed to be alert and looking out for danger far more than we do now.
Evolution hasn’t changed our ‘negative bias’ much and affects our mental health more than we realise. Heightened anxiety, draining of energy and motivation, trouble sleeping, irritability and inability to focus are all symptomatic of being in stress response mode, effectively stopping us being able to face life’s challenges with equanimity (composure in challenging situations).
What if you could interrupt your tendency towards negative thinking, along with the accompanying emotional responses? Would your life be improved? If the answer is “yes” then read on.
Are you your thoughts?
Two questions –
Q – Are you in control of your heart beat?
A – No, you are not, your heart just does what it does without your conscious control.
Q – Are you in control of how you think?
A – No, you are not. Your mind controls the way you think, your attitudes towards other people and how you react to emotional triggers. These are all influenced by past experiences.
It may surprise you and even feel a little uncomfortable to consider that you might not be in control of how you think? Becoming more aware of ‘how’ you think is empowering and mindfulness training can help you place a gap between your thoughts and the emotional/physical reaction that goes with the thought. This can be a life changer, helping you to deal with life’s challenges with more positivity and less negative reaction.
What's it all about?
A short animation about mindfulness
Find inner stillness
Being able to tap into a place and sense of stillness puts the ‘inner you’ in control. Being more ‘aware’ of what’s happening (in relation to the physical and emotional reactions to a thought or event) provides you with more choice about how to react. By engaging your mindfulness muscle you’re in effect putting a ‘space’ between what’s going on in your mind and body and the reaction that happens next.
Mindfulness is a way of turning our attention towards our mind and watching it work, cultivating curiosity about what’s actually happening ‘right now’. This ‘noticing’ helps you move from auto-pilot mode to being able to exert more choice over how you react.
Being able to take a step back and notice what’s happening, during stressful moments, helps lessen the grip of ‘reactive mode’, replacing it with one that’s wiser and more creative.
Scientific studies prove that mindfulness training can help:
- Reduce anxiety
- Lower stress
- Build resilience
- Increase focus
- Build motivation
- Improve relationships
- Promote more restful sleep
- Boost your immune system
Want to find out more? Choose to look at Resilio, a good way to try out mindfulness in a small way, or send me a message via the contact form below and we’ll have a no-obligation chat to see if engaging with mindfulness might benefit your sense of wellbeing.
Discover if it's the right time to engage with mindfulness
Explore mindfulness without a big commitment. Resilio training involves short, engaging and fun daily practices designed to encourage you to notice more about yourself.
Benefit from some mindful company
I can work with you online on a one-to-one basis, or you could choose to be part of a group. I also run mindfulness in nature sessions at a woodland in East Northants.
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