We all live busy lives, rushing around, multi-tasking, making sure everything that needs to get done gets done, no time for a break, no time to stop. However, the way we live can sometimes be too much, there’s no way to stop or even slow down and there’s no time for what’s really important.
This can be all of us, but this is especially so if you’ve had an accident and suffered an injury. You simply have no choice but to get back to the everyday things like looking after the kids, going to work, dealing with the house, etc. You have to start rushing around again even though you are in physical pain – we can’t just stop our lives as there’s too much going on.
There are various ways to make things better physically, for example you could try Bowen Therapy to help you recover from an injury or you could try a Parkrun or even just try walking.
However, if you live this busy life or if you have physical injuries following an accident, it’s all too easy to forget the effect this can have on your mental health and wellbeing. If this is you, it might be time to try a bit of Mindfulness.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. What this means is forcing yourself to focus on one particular activity, however simple that may be, and stopping to see how you feel.
If that sounds a bit wishy-washy and if you’re wondering how that can possibly make any difference to you or your life, it’s worth remembering that Mindfulness is being examined scientifically to try to find out why it has been such a key element in stress reduction, physical wellbeing and overall happiness for so many people. It is also being adopted by businesses to reduce their employees’ stress and to improve their physical and mental health.
What are the benefits of Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can have various benefits which can be significant and long-lasting and there are many people whose lives have been changed by it.
The benefits of Mindfulness can be divided into three main types:
– Mindfulness improves well-being
Practicing Mindfulness makes it easier to enjoy life, helps you become fully engaged in activities and creates a greater capacity to deal with bad times and events. By focusing on the here and now, which is what Mindfulness helps you to do, people say they are less likely to be worried about their lives and are less concerned with personal issues and are better able to deal with people in their lives. If you’re having trouble sleeping, it can help you to get to sleep and to stay asleep. ;
– Mindfulness improves physical health
If improving your general well-being isn’t enough for you, Mindfulness techniques can also help improve your physical health i.e. it can help relieve stress, treat heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties
– Mindfulness improves mental health
Mindfulness techniques can also play an important part in the treatment of a number of psychological issues, for example depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Here is a link to the NHS website. As you can see, Mindfulness is a recognised and recommended technique to help you improve your physical and mental wellbeing –
How do you “do” Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is basically a form of meditation, a way to focus your mind on one specific thing or task. Mindfulness can be as simple as listening to music, colouring a picture or even just focusing on your breathing, but there are techniques that you can learn to allow you to enjoy all of the benefits of Mindfulness (see articles below).
It’s definitely true that the longer you can do these activities or practice these techniques, the more benefit it will have for you. However, it can be difficult in our busy lives to find half an hour or so per day to sit, relax and be mindful in a quiet spot so here are a couple of links to articles that teach techniques you can try anywhere, anytime and which won’t take more than a few minutes. If you find these quick and easy techniques work and you start to feel the benefits, then you can build them up and try to find a good space in your day to do them for longer.
Here’s the links –
You can even download an app to your phone and practice Mindfulness whlle your own the go! The best know Mindfulness app is called Headspace and here’s the link:
Have a read or download the app, choose the technique or techniques that you think might work for you and get started.
You may not think Mindfulness is for you, but our mental health and wellbeing is so important to everything we do and for our lives and the lives of the people around us, it really can’t be ignored. Basically, in our busy, non-stop lives, we need to look after ourselves. Mindfulness is one way to do this and it is well worth at least giving it a go. You may surprise yourself how much better you feel in a very short space of time!
Can Mindfulness help me with any issue?
As described above, Mindfulness can help you in various ways for many different aspects of your physical and mental health. However, if you have any concerns about your physical and mental health, you must first seek the advice of your GP and then use Mindfulness to supplement the treatment recommended or provided by your GP or healthcare professionals.
What do I do now?
If you’re tempted to try Mindfulness and you think it will help with your physical and mental health and wellbeing, the simple advice would be to read the articles in the links above and just get started. You might have to invest a little time finding out which techniques work for you, learning the techniques and getting used to them, but once you’ve started you’ll begin to feel the benefits.
If you want to learn more or attend a Mindfulness course, here is a useful link to the Mental Health Foundation website:
Or have a look at some videos of Mindfulness techniques on YouTube
If you’d like to discuss any aspect of this article or your recovery from physical or psychological injuries caused by an accident, call us on 0161 749 9000 and we will be happy to talk to you.