As part of City and Hackney Mind's 5 Ways to Wellbeing series, we are encouraging our clients, communities and networks to be aware of yourself and the world. Life can often be busy and filled with all sorts of tasks and stressors. Allowing ourselves a few minutes out of the day to look at the different changes in our emotions and environment can relieve anxious and depressive symptoms. Mindfulness works by focussing our whole attention on the present, and allows us to reconnect with our thoughts and emotions without any judgements. 

Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to provide significant benefits to our mental wellbeing such has high levels of concentration and a peaceful mind. Mindfulness meditation has its roots in Buddhism, but it is an idea many religions and secular groups have used to focus attention away from the future and past by appreciating the present.

Pioneering mindfulness company 'Headspace' has said:

'Millions of people are using mindfulness meditation to cope with stress, and experience a little more balance and peace of mind'

The City and Hackney Wellbeing Network offer a variety of different mindfulness courses including Mindful Movement. These focused meditations take place in a group practice and use breathing techniques and concentration exercises to help participants be more aware of themselves and their surroundings. These courses aim to reduce stress and anxiety levels gently and peacefully, run by an experienced facilitator. Find our more here

Helen, who recently participated in a Mindfulness course, commented: 

'Since doing the course, I'm much less likely to get caught up in worries about the future. I find it easier to focus under pressure. Overall, I just feel happier and more at ease with myself...it's been transformative'

The City and Hackney Wellbeing Network also organise free Take a Pause events where residents of Hackney and the City of London can access free Mindfulness taster sessions. Find out more here