Take a break outdoors

Pause outdoors

It is good to choose to spend some of our time simply being, not doing. (We are after all human beings, not human doings!)

Mindfulness, the act of keeping our attention in the present – with all that our five senses present us with – helps prevent repeat thoughts wearing us down and gives our minds a break. And often that helps reduce stress and anxiety and improves our mood. What’s not to like?

Plan to immerse yourself in the outdoors and really appreciate where you are. Remember to turn off your phone. Your mind will start to wander. With kindness (not crossness!), bring it back to the present moment immersing yourself perhaps by using one of your five senses: What can you see? What can you hear? What can you feel (useful sometimes to go barefoot for this)? Is there any taste in the wind? (There often is by the sea.) What can you smell?

Whether it is five minutes, an hour or a day, use all five senses to explore the environment around you, really noticing the small details.

This is Mindful Monday on 19 August 2019. Join Julie Hill and Sara Shailer tonight 7-8.30 pm practicing mindfulness in the outdoors. Call 07503 634531 or email hello@essencecheltenham.org for location. There is no charge.

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