Hi, I’m Holly and I am part of the home at halls Team! I love mindfulness as a way to recenter my energy and keep me focused on the task at hand. Have a read of my blog post to find out more about this!
What is Mindfulness?
The spread of COVID-19 and the University’s transition to online teaching may mean that you are spending a lot more time inside, feeling isolated from the world. You may be experiencing emotions such as worry, stress or panic. This is a good opportunity to practise some mindfulness to minimise these negative emotions.
Mindfulness means being aware of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and the environment and being fully present and engaged with whatever it is that you are doing.
Top Mindfulness Tips
- Focus on your breath – connect with your breathing as you inhale and exhale.
- Keep routine – whilst there is lots of uncertainty in the world, keep your days structured with a routine. This can help you feel in control of what is happening.
- Limit how much you check the news – stay in touch with what’s happening but limit it so that you are not constantly checking the latest updates and getting into a panic.
- Take regular breaks.
- Practise some meditation or yoga – try some poses such as the Tree Pose or some Warrior Poses.
Some Good Mindfulness Resources
- Mindful.org: An online resource about getting started with meditation. There are some guided meditations you can try.
- Headspace or Calm: Both are apps designed to help you to practise mindfulness.
- YouTube: Try searching for guided meditations on YouTube and there are 1000s of videos. Some of my favourite channels are Calm (for quick 10-minute sessions) and Great Meditation (for deeper, longer meditations).