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  • Writer's pictureHelen McGillivray

Introduction to mindfulness

Updated: Jan 31, 2022

In this article, we look at what mindfulness is - and what it isn't. We'll dispel a few myths and provide some tips on how to start your practice, and keep it going.

Mindfulness is a useful skill you can learn, to help you weather the ups and downs of everyday life.

The benefits of mindfulness include:

● Heightened creativity and improved problem solving

● Improved wellbeing and resilience

● Better focus and productivity

Many people confuse mindfulness with meditation - and think that it requires you to carve large amounts of time out of your day and find space to be alone - perhaps sitting in a cross-legged pose on top of a mountain. Whilst mindfulness and meditation are linked, they aren't the same thing. Think of mindfulness as being present - filling your mind with what's happening in the present moment and not worrying about your shopping list for tomorrow, or that goal you missed in yesterday's football match.

There are many opportunities throughout the day when you could be practicing mindfulness - in the car whilst waiting for the traffic light to change, taking the dog for a walk or even eating a piece of chocolate.

OK Positive’s 7 days of mindfulness learning journey is designed to help you build a sustainable mindfulness habit by understanding what works for you.

Over the next 7 days we’ll bring you a daily mindfulness practice to try. These will be bite-size so won’t require a big time commitment, Try each one and then log a mood check in entry in your OK Positive app with notes about how it made you feel. You can also use your own journal if you prefer writing things down.

Included in the learning journey you'll find 2 longer 10 and 20 minute body scan exercises that you can do as often as you like - try them at least once if you can. At the end of the 7 days you may already have a clear idea of which mindfulness exercises work best for you. If not, head to your OK Positive check-in history and review your journal notes. You'll find more mindfulness exercises in the app so keep an eye on your content feed and bookmark any that you find helpful.

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