Mindfulness is attending to what is happening in the moment, inside and outside ourselves, instead of always thinking about the future or the past. Some people find it a useful way of feeling more connected to their bodies, thoughts and feelings. It can take a bit of practice, but even some simple breathing exercises can help some people feel more present and calmer.
I try to use mindfulness or a simple form of meditation to bring me back in the present time.
If I am having intrusive thoughts I try mindfulness exercises like naming everything around me or describing the space around me non judgmentally.
I practice breathing exercises if a situation triggers a panic attack.
Find out more
Elisabeth Svanholmer (2017). The ability to wait. Living life gently.
Try these breathing exercises for stress from the NHS (2018).
Rufus May and Eleanor Longden (2010). Hearing Voices and Self Help. rufusmay.com.
Hear more about the latest research on mindfulness from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.