“Scream if you wanna go faster!”
Does your mind often resemble a chaotic theme park? Are you thoughts jumping on every white knuckle ride available, leaving you nauseous and dizzy? Is there are huge cinema screen in the middle showing reels of your past you would rather forget?
Sounds horrendous right? I imagine even the most hardcore adrenaline junkie would think twice about visiting! Unfortunately, due to the way our minds work we often find ourselves stuck there.
So what can we do when our thoughts are racing and overwhelming us? How can we cope with painful memories forcing their way in uninvited? Is mindfulness the answer?
We are always thinking. Experts suggest we have between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day! Not a problem if our thoughts are all sunshine and roses. Of course that isn’t the case.
How does living in the moment help us?
Well, thoughts focused on past events, particularly things that have caused stress, pain or embarrassment can cause low mood. Focusing too much on the future, or rather how we anticipate the future to be can exacerbate anxiety. Therefore, the most mindful place for our thoughts to be is in the here and now.
While this makes sense, it is easier said than done. Mindfulness needs to be practiced regularly to be of benefit. Many people don’t get on with it at all. Like every aspect of mental health and wellbeing, it will unique to the individual. Finding what works for you is key!
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience” Jon Kabat-Zin
Just Breathe Let us take a mindful moment, As life rushes all around. To discover that in the here and now, There is a peace that can be found. Gaze upon the world as though, You have never looked before. Absorbing all the beauty, With childlike wonder and awe. Consider the presence of others, As an army of ants’ troop by. Passing through each second, Without need to question why. Listen to summer’s soundtrack, Birdsong, joy, and laughter. The perfection of a moment, No care for what comes after. The comfort found in burrowing down, In a warm, familiar bed. Bask in the arms of a loved one, As they place a soft kiss on your head. Crunchy leaves beneath your feet, The temptation of untouched snow. New hope and life that arrives with spring, A summer’s evening glow. The enticing smell of bacon, A crisp glass of fizz in the sun. Pure happiness spoken in a dog’s wagging tail, Satisfaction of a job well done. All these things and so many more, Will take you away for a while. Allow yourself to notice, Allow yourself to smile. So, when life is weighing you down, Stop for a moment, just breathe. Use all your senses to take in the world, Till inner peace is achieved. © Jennifer Dodd 2020
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If you are distress and need someone to talk to please reach out for support. The Samaritans – phone 116 123 http://www.samaritans.org MIND – http://www.mind.org.uk Mental Health Matters – http://www.mhm.org.uk