#MHAW2015 Let’s talk Mindfulness: Part 1

BY LAUREN HAYLEY

So today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week and this year it’s all about Mindfulness.

The topic of Mindfulness is very interesting to me, as it’s something that’s been recommended to me since my diagnosis of BPD. Meditation and yoga are also things I’ve been practising since my anxiety got a lot worse around a year ago, and so I’m actually in the process right now of studying for a Mindfulness diploma. Hopefully I’ll manage to complete this very soon and I’ll officially be a registered practitioner.

So what is it?

Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and…

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