This blog was written by Health in Mind and is featured in the Winter Wellbeing 2020 booklet. Download the full booklet for free here – Winter Wellbeing in Midlothian

Mindfulness is all about slowing down and paying attention to the present moment. Being more aware of the present can help our mental health and wellbeing as it lets us enjoy the world around us, as well as to understand ourselves and how we’re feeling. Here are some ideas for how you can relax and be mindful:

Try belly breathing
If you do try this, pay attention to how you respond and stop if you feel uncomfortable or strange in any way. Place one hand on your chest, and one hand on your belly (a few inches above the belly button) – try to breathe into the hand that is resting on your belly.

Take some time to sit quietly and focus on your breathing, your feelings, and the world around you. You may find it helpful to pick a regular time when you will practice mindful meditations, and there are lots of apps like Headspace and Calm that can help guide you.

Creative craft idea
Take any sheet of paper and divide it into small squares (around 3cm x 3cm). Within each square make a small drawing for each day to create a visual diary of your week, month or year. If you are setting yourself wellbeing goals, you can focus your drawings on your goals. Fill your pages with drawings of your world, for as long as it’s fun. The more you draw, the easier it will become!