Mindfulness is another way for learning to relax and reduce stress. Mindfulness is something that you can do any time of the day: waiting for a bus, standing in a queue, sitting at home quietly or even walking down a street, walking through a country lane or through a busy city. 

Mindfulness is about focusing on the here and now, rather than following the mind’s natural tendency to run off in all directions. It is important not to force your thoughts, or try to control them; because our minds cannot work this way. Instead, Mindfulness gives us a way of letting thoughts be without following them, and by staying in the here and now by first focusing on the breath as well as other physical sensations in the body.

The following sound clip will talk you through a mindfulness session for just 6.44 minutes.

Voiceover: Dave Bertin, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

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