12 May 2015

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK | MINDFULNESS

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For those of you that don't check in on YouTube that often I thought I would share the video I popped up on my channel yesterday. I didn't know quite what I wanted to talk about when I started but ended up sticking to the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2015, Mindfulness.

Mindfulness:: a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Whilst this seems like a bit of a 'trendy' thing now, it is actually pretty helpful to explore if you suffer with anything from mild stress to a full on mental illness. Actually, I think that anyone can benefit from having a little look into it.

As someone who has always spent a lot of time worrying about what has happened in the past and what may happen in the future, I know that this thought process can be utterly exhausting and an extremely negative spiral to get caught in. I'm not saying I don't do this anymore, I do it all the time, but the difference is, with the help of Mindfulness, I can sometimes be more logical and realise that no amount of thinking/worrying can change anything and so there is no point in fretting(too much!).

I am not saying this is easy, it is so hard, but it really helps to bring the focus back to the present moment. I once read somewhere, although it somewhat escapes me where, that '...the now is all we really have...' because the past is the past and the future is yet to unfold. This is something that resonated with me and I always think about it.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of Mindfulness then you can find out a bit more about it here or you can hear my take on it by watching my video below :-)

Let me know what you think of Mindfulness; have you explored it? Did it help? If you want to contact me to chat about anything (away from the general comments) please get in touch via email on fromlucywithlove@outlook.com. I would love to hear from you.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this post. Mental health awareness is very important as it greatly contributes in stress management and makes way for clearer thoughts. I agree, though problems keep coming it helps to stay focused and relaxed in order to manage your worries effectively.

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    1. Hi, thank you so much for the comment. Mental Health Awareness Week is so important to me and something that I try to raise awareness of all year round. I hope you have a lovely day :-)

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  2. Mindfulness has been a really helpful part of combatting/coping with my GAD symptoms. Great post and very brave of you to talk about, thanks for sharing.

    Jenna
    princessparasox.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you for commenting Jenna... just got lost in your blog for a while there <3
      Mindfulness is something I am getting to grips with more and more of late... I think it plays a significant part on keeping me (slightly more) sane!

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  3. I found this such a helpful video after I've struggled with keeping positive this weekend. The idea of just being in the moment is so important and something that I'm usually quite good at, but today I think I've felt too overwhelmed to be able to remember it. Thank you for the reminder!
    x

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