How To Be Mindful

How To Be Mindful

Posted by Flora Firth | 9 October 2017 | Health & Fitness, Magazine

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the practice of being aware of your body, mind, and feelings in the present moment, thought to create a feeling of calm.

Sometimes we rush through life without stopping to notice much. We lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling. And we stop taking in what’s going on in the world around us. We can get caught up in our thoughts, making us feel like we’re living ‘in our heads’ and we’re not stopping to notice how those thoughts are affecting our emotions and behaviour.

An important part of mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and the sensations they experience. This means becoming aware of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes in the present moment.

Why is it important to be mindful?

Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us to understand ourselves better and enjoy the world around us more.

Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, says mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of our thoughts and feelings that we experience, and to see how we can become entangled in that stream in ways that are not helpful.

“Gradually, we can train ourselves to notice when our thoughts are taking over and realise that thoughts are simply ‘mental events’ that do not have to control us.

“Most of us have issues that we find hard to let go and mindfulness can help us deal with them more productively. We can ask: ‘Is trying to solve this by brooding about it helpful, or am I just getting caught up in my thoughts?’”

How can I be more mindful?

Notice the everyday
Feel present in the moment. Notice your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and the world around you.
Try this: When you step outside your house, notice the sensation of the air moving past your body.

Keep it regular
Introduce mindfulness into your daily routine.
Try this: Pick a regular time, like when you have your morning coffee, to be aware of the sensations created by the world around you.

Try something new
Trying new things can help you notice the world in a new way.
Try this: Sign up to a new class, like pottery.

Watch your thoughts
“It might be useful to remember that mindfulness isn’t about making these thoughts go away, but rather about seeing them as mental events,” says Professor Williams.
Try this: “Imagine standing at a bus station and seeing ‘thought buses’ coming and going without having to get on them and be taken away. This can be very hard at first, but with gentle persistence it is possible,” says Professor Williams.

Sit and be
Instead of constantly thinking about what you are going to do next, or something that happened in the past, observe the present moment as it is.
Try this: While you are on the tube or waiting to meet someone, don’t reach for your phone. Instead, take in the world around you.


Written by Flora Firth
Instagram: @feelgoodflora
Twitter: @feelgoodflora
Facebook: @feelgoodflora

About The Author

Flora Firth

Flora is on her wellness journey and hopes to encourage you to join her. She’s proud to be voicing the importance of mind health in a world where we’re striving for unrealistic perfection.

Now read this...

Posted by Bhavash Padhiar | 10 June 2022
All you need is the air that you breathe
“Work as hard as you play and play as hard as you work.” Is what my doctor told me when I was feeling very overwhelmed at a low point during...
Posted by Eyes of Lady Wimbledon | 30 May 2022
Sam Deville Brings Bespoke Pilates to Wimbledon Village
New on the fitness scene of Wimbledon Village this season is Sam Deville, who runs her own bespoke Pilates business in the heart of the Village. In her beautiful house,...
Posted by Eyes of Lady Wimbledon | 25 April 2022
Boost your Weekend with Backyard Cinema
We took a trip to one of London’s most immersive film experiences, Backyard Cinema in Wandsworth...


Join Lady W’s VIP list for exclusive event invites and more