Mindfulness: How being present can transform your life

In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. We juggle multiple responsibilities, deal with deadlines and pressures, and constantly strive to meet the expectations of others. In the midst of all this chaos, it's important to remember to take care of our mental health, and one way to do this is through mindfulness.


Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, without judgment. It's about tuning into your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations and observing them without reacting to them. It's about being aware of your surroundings and the people around you, and taking the time to appreciate the little things in life.

One of the benefits of mindfulness is that it can help improve mental health. In today's world, stress and anxiety are rampant, and they can take a toll on our mental well-being. Practising mindfulness can help reduce stress and anxiety by allowing us to tune out the noise of the outside world and focus on the present moment.

Mindfulness can also help with depression. When we're depressed, our minds tend to get stuck in negative thought patterns, which can make it difficult to see the good things in life. Mindfulness can help break those negative thought patterns by allowing us to focus on the present moment and appreciate the beauty around us.

Another benefit of mindfulness is that it can improve our relationships. When we're fully present and engaged in the moment, we're better able to connect with others on a deeper level. We're more attuned to their emotions and can empathise with them more effectively. This can lead to stronger, more fulfilling relationships.

Practising mindfulness doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some simple tips to help you get started:

1. Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. This can be a room in your house, a park, or any other place where you feel comfortable.

2. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Focus on your breath and notice how it feels as it enters and exits your body.

3. When your mind wanders (as it inevitably will), gently bring it back to your breath. Don't judge yourself for getting distracted – this is normal.

4. Continue to focus on your breath for as long as you'd like. You can start with just a few minutes and work your way up to longer periods of time.

Remember, the goal of mindfulness is not to eliminate thoughts or emotions. It's about observing them without judgment and accepting them for what they are. By practising mindfulness regularly, you can improve your mental health, reduce stress and anxiety, and deepen your relationships with others. So take a few minutes out of your day to be present in the moment – your mind (and those around you) will thank you for it.

In addition to practising mindfulness, there are other things you can do to improve your mental health. Here are a few tips:

1. Exercise regularly. Exercise has been shown to improve mental health by releasing endorphins (feel-good chemicals) in the brain.

2. Eat a healthy diet. Eating a balanced diet can help improve mood and energy levels.

3. Get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability, anxiety, and depression.

4. Connect with others. Spending time with loved ones can help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

5. Seek professional help if needed. If you're struggling with your mental health, don't hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. There's no shame in asking for help – in fact, it's a sign of strength.

Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. By practising mindfulness and making other positive changes in your life, you can improve your overall well-being and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Don't wait until you're feeling overwhelmed or burned out to start taking care of your mental health. Start today by incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine and making other positive changes that will help you thrive.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Saleha Choudhury, Diploma in Counselling | MBACP
Ilford IG3 & London E7

My name is Saleha Choudhury. I am an integrative counsellor based in Greater London. I enjoy helping people get unstuck as they work through difficult moments in their lives. I write regular blogs to keep in tabs with my readers on a regular basis. I hope you enjoy reading my blogs.

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