What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is a way of focusing on the present moment, often practised by paying attention to the breath as a form of meditation.

It encourages people to become more aware of their thoughts and feelings so that they can manage them in a different way with more positive outcomes.

You may also want to read our 10 things you may not know about mindfulness article.

How can it help me?

Practising mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve their emotional wellbeing by helping with stress, anxiety, and depression.

It can also help with physical health problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and chronic pain.
How can I practice mindfulness?

Healthy Minds offers courses that teach people how to practice mindfulness. These are usually eight-week courses with a two hour session per week, but this can vary depending on location. You can find out more by contacting your local Healthy Minds service.

If you work for us, the staff wellbeing service offers mindfulness courses. You can find out more by visiting the Staff Wellbeing Service page of the intranet.

You can find some top tips for introducing mindfulness into your everyday life below, or  give mindfulness a go at home with our five minute guided practice video.

What others think of mindfulness:

Mark, from Stockport, said: “Along with other newcomers I was made very welcome at the group session and the instructor tailored the content to our needs. Mindfulness has allowed me to approach life in a more level headed way, seeing the positives as well as managing the negatives. It has given me more awareness over my reactions to everyday experiences and it gives me greater power to make informed and balanced choices to improve my overall wellbeing.”

Amy, from Rochdale, said: “My experience of mindfulness has, without doubt, changed my life. It gave me the tools I need to respond well to stress and anxiety in an everyday practical sense. Mindfulness has given me the courage and strength to face, and accept, the inevitable difficulties in life; I feel I can respond to the judgements my mind makes about perceived problems with perspective and awareness rather than reacting with irrational fear.”