How mindfulness can help
Mindfulness seems to be the new buzz word. It's everywhere. But what does it mean and why should you care?
Mindfulness is really pretty simple – it's just a way to focus on the here and now without worrying about anything else or judging yourself. There doesn't have to be any meditation, candles, or tinkling music (although there can be if you want it!) and you can do it anytime and anywhere.
When you are dealing with a chronic health condition your mind can often be overflowing with information, emotions and things to worry about. Mindfulness helps you push some of that aside so you bring some peace and relaxation to your day. Research also shows that it can actually change and strengthen brain activity and help people regulate their responses to difficult situations.
There are lots of ways to be mindful from concentrating on your breathing, getting outside in nature or even just taking a few moments to focus your attention deeply on whatever you are doing.
We have lots of mindfulness tracks, visualisations and grounding techniques for you to draw on but let's start with a simple one - smiling. Take a few deep breaths and move your facial muscles and eyes into a smile. Notice the sensations in your body, feel how your breathing and heart rate naturally slow. Loosen your shoulders, release your jaw and remind yourself that you are safe and present.