Prioritising mental health has never been as important as it is now. 🧠❤️
That’s why we’ve partnered with our friends at Mind to give you tips on how to support your mental well-being and become calmer and less stressed through mindful walking.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a technique that involves making an effort to notice what’s happening in the present moment – in your mind, body and surroundings. ✨
It aims to help you cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts, as well as to feel calmer.
How mindful walking can help
Research suggests that regular activity can reduce the risk of depression by up to 30% as well as improve people’s resilience and ability to cope. 👏
As many of us are currently working from home or commuting to work in a different way, now is a great time to try mindful activities.
Mindful walking is a great way to start your mindful movement journey. It is simple to do, doesn’t take much time, and can be easily incorporated into your daily routine and/or commute! 👍
Here are some mindful walking tips:
- Take notice of your breathing as you walk. Focus on how your body feels as you inhale and exhale. Does it feel heavy or light, tensed, or relaxed? 🗣
- Take time to notice your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Mindfulness isn’t about making these go away or overcoming them, but rather accepting how we are thinking and feeling at that time. Some people find it helpful to name the thought, feeling, or emotion – “I’m feeling like I may not do well in the job interview… this is nerves or anxiety.” 💕
- Take notice of your surroundings. Life can be busy and we rush from one place to another. Whilst walking, take time to pay attention to your surroundings. Simply acknowledge what you are seeing, hearing, and feeling as you walk. 🍃
- Don’t worry if it feels strange at first. Give yourself time to practice mindful walking as the more you do it, the easier it will be. 😀
Ways to get walking mindfully
Mind’s Mindful Walking activity sheet is a fantastic tool to get you started. 👌
You can also get involved with the Great British Week of Sport and take part in some of the fantastic activities that are great for your mental and physical well-being 🚲🚶
Leave a comment with your favourite walks and mindfulness tips!