What is Mindfulness?


Mindfulness is the act of being present in the moment and letting go of past worries and future anxieties. It is a helpful tool during stressful periods of life or moments of panic as it focuses on steadying the breath and the sensations you feel in the body, while acknowledging what is in your control. 

Mindfulness can be practiced in many different ways, and you will see some of these methods covered in our Wellbeing Toolkit. Some people like to breathe mindfully by focusing on the breath moving in and out of the body until they feel calmer. Others like to mentally scan each part of their body to address any discomfort or stress they may be carrying and try to release it.

Some people like to use creative activities, physical exercise, or grounding activities to feel present in their body and environment. Whatever your preferred approach to mindfulness, it can really benefit your mental wellbeing, a cause worthy of investing your time and energy in.

Explore our section on mindfulness and try some of our mindful activities and techniques. You may find an overlap of mindful activities in other sections of the Toolkit, such a Self-Awareness, Creativity, or Be Active, so don't forget to visit our other pages!

Mindful breathing exercise