Mind your head: update from All Right?
Hardwire yourself for happiness
While we're often happiest when we live in the moment, the busyness of modern life can make it tricky to be present, enjoy our lives and notice the world around us. That’s where mindfulness comes in...
Psst: Tell us something you enjoy giving your full attention to and be into win a personalised tour of the stars. Want to know more? Read on!
What is this... mindfulness?!
Mindfulness is a fancy word for giving your full, open-hearted attention to what is immediately occurring in your life.
It’s “about living your life as if it really mattered, moment, by moment, by moment, by moment.”
There are heaps of benefits that come from practicing mindfulness, like reduced stress and anxiety, better relationships, and improved wellbeing.
Quiz: How mindful are you?
Do you savour life or let everyday stresses control you? In other words, how mindful are you?
Take this quiz and see how mindful you are...
A wandering mind is an unhappy mind
A massive study using the Track Your Happiness smartphone app to monitor happiness levels in real time shows a clear relationship between mind-wandering or having scattered attention and unhappiness. The flip side is that we're often happiest when we're lost in the moment.
In the zone? Congrats - you're part way there!
We all have times when we ‘enjoy getting lost’ in doing something. Whether you’re in the garden, playing guitar, or perfecting a haiku, there are moments we all have when time just flies by. This ‘in the zone’ state of mind is called ‘flow’, and can be considered a first step towards mindfulness.
Discover more about being in the zone on the Enjoy the Moment page on the All Right? website.
Mindfulness: Worth the practice
Like all areas of our health and wellbeing, mindfulness doesn't just come naturally without effort. There are many little things we can practice every day that will help in training our mind towards mindfulness.
You can even practice mindfulness in the shower...
Breathe easy to become mindful
Focusing on our breathing is a very helpful and basic practice for becoming more mindful. Combining it with some simple actions makes it even better. Hikitia te Hā is a simple breathing exercise that anyone can learn.
Check out this Hikitia te Hā video for a step-by-step guide.
WIN: I am mindful when...
Who's up for a personalised tour of the stars thanks to the Canterbury Astronomical Society?
You'll get a night time session in the observatory just for your small group with an astronomer on hand to talk you through the amazing sights above us.
It's all about focusing on how important it is for us all to just enjoy the moment.
Enter by commenting on our Facebook post with something you enjoy giving your full attention to. So where or when do you use all your senses? The garden? Star gazing? Walking along the beach? Playing with the kids?
We'll draw the winner on Sunday 30th October at 5pm on the All Right? Facebook page.
We hope you've enjoyed October's Mind Your Head missions, and have discovered a trick or two to help you live brighter.
Hei konā rā
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