Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
We have been talking about ways to help us be mindful. We will be practising techniques as part of Mental Health Week and then onwards.
- Breathing: smelling a flower by breathing in through our nose, and then puffing out a candle when we breathe out. This can be good if we are feeling upset, cross or worried, or if we just want to feel calm. We watched a video on You tube which helped us visualise this.
- Warrior pose: this pose helps us to be brave and strong. We hold the yoga Warrior pose and count to 5.
- Body Scan: lay quietly and starting with your feet, create awareness of your body parts. Shift awareness up your body to your head. We might feel warmth, tightness, softness or pain as we travel upwards. This is a good way to try and empty thoughts and bring attention to your body and to ‘just being’. It might be good before bed.