Mind supports personal recovery and promotes wellbeing.
Recovery is often described as a journey of personal discovery which includes new learning on how to live well.
Mindfulness has its beginnings in ancient Eastern traditions, such as Buddhism, and is now taking hold in conventional Western therapies to help those with mental health challenges.
At its simplest, mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way to the present moment, without judgment. It means learning to rest your mind and body by focusing on the present moment.
By learning mindfulness, it is possible to ease stress and learn how to live with troubling thoughts. It allows you to acknowledge these thoughts non-judgmentally, that is without dwelling them in a negative or positive way, before letting them go.
There are many techniques for practicing mindfulness. Meditation is one and focusing on your breath is another. You can do mindfulness exercises in a chair at home, lying down, eating your dinner, listening to music or even waiting for a bus.
Studies show these exercises help people better deal with pain, stress, anxiety and depression. You can join classes to be guided through exercises or use books, DVDs or online instructions to start.
For some mindfulness exercises visit www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/docs/Punctuatingthedaywithmindfulness.pdf
For more information about mindfulness visit www.mindhealthconnect.org.au/mindfulness