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The benefits of mindfulness

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Sophie Giltinan writes about how mindfulness and meditation can affect your day-to-day life Content provided by British Youth Council

‘Mindfulness’ is probably something most people have heard about, but not necessarily tried. It has become a popular topic in recent years and is increasingly being taught to pupils in schools and collages in the UK as a method to deal with exam stress.

Practicing mindfulness or another form of meditation can be hard when we are surrounded by other people and distraction can be a barrier to the effectiveness of these methods. found I got distracted. The development of interactive tools such as an app called  ‘Headspace’ which takes users through a routine of relaxation and being aware of our bodies, the space around us, and our thoughts and emotions makes practicing mindfulness much easier. The app is easy to use and includes different techniques that users can tailor to their needs. You get 10 free sessions with this app, but you can replay them as many times as you like.

People approach, teach and learn about meditation in many different ways. For example, some like to imagine their 'happy place', whereas others like to prefer to focus on the space around them. Mindfulness and this ‘app’ and others of it’s kind can kelp young people cope with pressures of exam periods and other stresses.

Getting plenty of sleep in a regular pattern is also recommended along with exercise as practices that can help reduce stress, at the end of the day it all comes down to balance!  Whilst revision and homework are important, so is having some 'me time' so get some time to have a long bath, chill with friends and sleep and why not try some mindfulness techniques!

Sophie Giltinan

Published: Fri, 23/10/2015 - 17:29

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