• Kathryn Hulland

Mindfulness: The Benefits of a Calm and Focused Mind

Mindfulness has become quite the on trend topic of late, it is touted about as a method that can help in so many ways and I imagine for many people when they see it, they roll their eyes! However, mindfulness did change my life around and I believe whole heartedly that it can do the same for everyone, it does take practice and patience but equally you can do it in small moments of the day and the more you practice the more it becomes second nature.

One of the reasons I started the mindfulness in nature workshops at the Rosebud Wellbeing Ranch is because I wanted to not only share my passion for it, but also share how it's not just about sitting down and meditating, it is so much more!

Mindfulness is about being aware of your surroundings and the present moment, it's about slowing down and taking time for yourself.

I think in this day and age we are so focused on productivity, that we often do not take the time to just be. We are always 'on the go' and constantly stimulated by technology and social media with our brains whirring away thinking about not only what we are looking at but the next 20 things that need attention too. Being on high alert like this does no one any good, stress levels rise and we become anxious and irritable. I believe being in these high alert states really affect conditions like fibromyalgia, with such conditions our body's nervous system is over sensitive to all sorts of stimulation including stress, stress in turn will cause inflammation in the body resulting in pain and fatigue. To me this makes sense so any way I can calm my nervous system is a win!

When we take time to be mindful, even for just a few minutes a day, it can help to lower our stress levels, anxiety and improve our focus and concentration.

So how do you start being more mindful? Well there are many ways, but one of the easiest is simply by slowing down and taking a few deep breaths.

Another great way to start is by spending time in nature, disconnecting from technology and social media and really taking the time to appreciate all that is around us.

Next time you are feeling stressed or anxious, take a step back, take a few deep breaths and try to focus on the present moment. You may just find it makes all the difference!

If you want to learn more about mindfulness, check out my upcoming workshops at the Rosebud Wellbeing Ranch.

You can also find further links on the NHS website here and I highly recommend Breathworks if you are looking to commit to a course

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