Mindfulness is a modern practice with roots in a number of ancient contemplative traditions, in particular meditation. To be mindful is to be intentionally aware of the present moment, allowing whatever arises to come and go without judgement.
When we consciously bring our awareness to our present moment experience without judgement we learn to intimately connect with the richness of our daily life, loosen destructive thought patterns and increase our levels of personal wellbeing.
Research has shown that mindfulness is an effective technique to assist in stress reduction. It can also increase self-awareness, enhance general psychological health, increase concentration and decrease levels of depression and anxiety.
Try this simple mindfulness exercise to clear your head and regain focus:
After the ten breaths look around the room and notice what you see. What do you hear ... smell … feel?
Try to maintain this focus as you continue with your day.