Paralleling the climb of mental health awareness is the concept of ‘mindfulness’, where you work on self-improvement simply by being more conscious of your daily actions – eating, drinking, walking, breathing, colouring. Colouring! Books filled with mindful colouring exercises line the shelves of every major book shop, encouraging adults to enter the creative zen of childhood activities. There are even colouring apps for your iPhone and android devices too!
But if colouring isn’t for you, there are all sorts of ways to get your fix of mindfulness.
Be Mindful offers a series of online video lessons with step-by-step guidance to acquiring lifelong skills.
MBSR is another online program that was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The MBSR program, which stands for Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, is self-paced, accessible for life, and downloadable to your phone or tablet.
Speaking of phones and tablets, there are even better ways to get your mindfulness practice on the go. Head on over to the App Store to download Headspace, an app that gives you daily meditation and mind exercises. Headspace comes pre-loaded with the the classic Take10 program, which offers users ten minutes of practice every day. If you want to take your mental game to the next level, you can subscribe to Headspace for access to the full Headspace journey, as well as the ability to connect with friends and motivate your colleagues online. As a user of the app, Emma Watson has said that “It’s kind of genius.” Headspace is also available to download on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
How do you zen out? Does colouring work for you, or do you have other techniques and brain games to toughen up those mind muscles? Diffusing essential oils? Music? Share your ideas with us.