We often forget to stop and appreciate the good things around us, like the taste of our food or the clouds in the sky. But when we do stop and think about these things, it can be good for our mental health.
Taking time out to appreciate the world around us is called mindfulness.
Rebecca A. Withey teaches mindfulness across the country. Her courses are delivered in sign language and are available for you to watch below.
Video one – The background to mindfulness
It’s important you understand what mindfulness is before you start practising it.
It’s a philosophy that’s over 400 years old, focusing on meditation, compassion and acceptance.
Video two – What is mindfulness?
Being mindful means being in touch with now. It means having a calm mind and appreciating the things around us.
With practice, you can learn to settle your mind.
Video three – Practising mindfulness with informal and formal meditation
You can try formal meditation, sitting down and meditating, working with your breathing and body, or informal meditation, focusing and controlling your mind throughout the day.
Video four – An example of informal meditation
Here’s one exercise you can try at home to practice mindfulness.
It will take about 5 minutes.
Are you worried about your mental health and want to talk about it? Please ask your doctor to refer you to BSL Healthy Minds, The Deaf Health Charity SignHealth’s psychological therapy service for deaf people.
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