Words: Emily Venables
To be mindful means to be more aware of your thoughts; paying close attention to how you’re feeling, both mentally and physically. However, with our over stimulated minds and busy lives, it can be quite tricky to switch off and to train your mind to slow down. Some people turn to meditation for this, but if you struggle sitting still in a quiet setting for long enough, why not try some of these mindful hobbies?
You may think of knitting as a little old school, but it’s actually one of the most therapeutic activities out there due to its repetitive nature. Start by searching for beginners’ tutorials on YouTube and master the basics and before you know it, you’ll be creating scarves, blankets and maybe even clothing!
If you’re lucky enough to own a little green space at your home, then why not make the most of it by learning some new green fingered skills? Gardening gives you an opportunity to concentrate on something and your patience and dedication will grow in front of your very eyes!
There has always been a mindfulness aspect to practising yoga; when you step on to the mat your aim is to achieve a higher level of connection between the mind and your body. Yoga aims to quieten your thoughts, to help you tune into your breath and to pay close attention to your body. If you’re looking for a way to achieve clarity and a sense of calm, while also focusing on your physical strength, then yoga could be the mindful activity for you.
Putting pen to paper has a long-lasting therapeutic effect on many people; the idea of letting your thoughts flow from your mind onto paper can help clear and unscramble anything that may be racing through your head. There doesn’t need to be a structure to your writing, the activity is to let your consciousness out onto the page.
However, if you like the idea of writing but want to ensure there is some structure or end goal to your activity, how about turning your hand to creative writing or journaling?
You’d be forgiven if you thought Adult Colouring books have had their moment, but there are actually a lot of benefits in colouring including fostering your creativity and encouraging you to concentrate on a small, simple task. Put on the kettle, make yourself a cup of tea and get creative!
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