All in the mind
From GPs to schoolchildren, business people to the retired, mindfulness is growing in popularity.
Stress, anxiety, depression and overwhelm are some of the most common experiences that we are all familiar with at one time or another in our lives.
We usually muddle our way through this, yet mindfulness gives you specific ways to deal with life’s challenges, offering you simple strategies to be more resilient in dealing with everyday stress.
It could be that you’re going through treatment at hospital, sitting exams or going for a job interview, coping with overwhelm at work and at home, or you realise you’ve lost your spark and life feels meaningless.
Mindfulness covers all these aspects of life - it makes use of the inner resources that you already have within you, it empowers you and reminds you that you are in charge.
Yvette is a mindfulness and meditation coach and author in Petersfield. For more information on classes and workshops, call 01730 261940 or visit www.placeofserenity.co.uk
When you’re feeling anxious, place your hand on your stomach and focus on your hand there. Breathe deeply into and out from your stomach and notice how your hand rises and falls with your breath. A few slow, deep, mindful breaths divert your anxious ‘monkey mind’ thoughts towards clarity, refreshment and calm.