Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and Meditation

It’s a new year and for a lot of us, that means a fresh start. Many of us enter the new year determined to become fitter, healthier, or aim to give up our vices. Mindfulness and meditation could be the perfect tool to help us with those goals.

There seems to be a lot in the press at the moment about mindfulness, but mindfulness is not a new idea. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.

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Is it all in your mind? The Mind-Body Connection

Is it all in your mind? The Mind-Body Connection

Is all the pain physical pain that I am experiencing just in my own mind or are my mind and body connected?

I sprained my ankle last week, and whilst this was by no means the end of the world, it got me thinking about pain, and how we perceive it.

After spraining my ankle, I was consumed by the pain, all I could think about was how much my foot hurt, and I couldn’t really think about much else. It was making me miserable. However, after a couple of days of rest, a relaxing evening on the sofa with my foot elevated and my partner running around after me, I started to feel a lot better. It made me wonder if I’d needed the attention and care as much as I’d needed to rest my injury. So although the pain I felt really was real, were my needs around the pain actually psychosomatic?

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