It is easy to rush through daily life without stopping to notice much. Paying attention to the present moment – to our own thoughts, feelings and to the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.
Taking Notice is also called Mindfulness. It is easy to incorporate mindfulness into your life and can be a very powerful tool if learnt and practiced daily.
Mental wellbeing means being feeling good about life and yourself and having the ability to get on with life in the way you want.
Many think about wellbeing in terms of what you have; your income, car, house or job. Evidence shows that what we do and the way we think have the biggest impact on wellbeing.
To Take Notice is to notice the sights, smells, sounds and tastes you experience as well as your thoughts and feelings that occur from one moment to the next.
It’s easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living in our heads. An important part of Taking Notice is to reconnect with our bodies and the sensations they are experiencing.
When we become more aware of the present moment we begin to experience afresh many things in the world around us we have been taking for granted.
Professor Willem Kuyken, Prof Clinical Psychology at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
Most of us have issues we find hard to let go of and mindfulness can help us deal with them more productively. Awareness of this kind also helps us notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier and helps us deal with them better.
See Mental Health Foundations mindfulness podcast in our A-Z or you can purchase this book to do your own eight week mindfulness course – Mindfulness in Eight Weeks.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies
Plan to protect your mental health and wellbeing: