As the UK nears the end of its eleventh week in lockdown, we should all remember to prioritise our wellbeing.
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, without being distracted. It brings many benefits, from reduced stress to increased happiness.
Various activities can be mindful if you focus and give them your full attention – we’ve come up with a few ideas:
- Gardening: From planting seeds or bedding plants to simply weeding, gardening is a great way to stay active and promote mindfulness. If you don’t have a garden, you could create a mini herb or cactus ‘garden’ in your kitchen windowsill.
- Colouring in: No matter your age, colouring in is a perfect way to ‘be present’. Colouring in is accessible – you don’t have to buy a colouring book, instead you can easily download and print pages from the internet.
- Crafting: Lose yourself in a new hobby such as drawing, painting, paper crafts, macramé or embroidery. Many artists and makers sell kits online – visit Etsy and Not on the High Street to support a small business.
- Baking and cooking: Now that we’re spending more time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn to cook new dishes (ready to impress family and friends when it’s safe to do so!) – buy a recipe book from a local book shop or visit online resources such as BBC Good Food and Jamie Oliver.
- Yoga: improve your strength and flexibility and boost your wellbeing with this ancient form of exercise. Try searching for beginner videos on YouTube to get started.