So following on from Mental Health Awareness Week I have been thinking about the approach most of us take to our health.
Those of us who exercise our bodies regularly tend to be proud of it. Others seem to admire us for our commitment, our energy and our determination to stay in good shape. The results show when we work our bodies, we loose weight, get a better figure and we look healthy. No one seeks to hide the fact that they are physically fit.
Why then do most of us fail to look after our minds in just the same way?
Our minds are at the centre of everything we do. They are on the go all day long and we expect so much of them. We get frustrated when we can’t remember things, annoyed with ourselves when we can’t focus and we can spend hours failing to achieve what we want to achieve because we just can’t get our brain in gear.
Mindfulness was the theme for this years Mental Health Awareness week and I am running a Mindfulness session for Charnwood Borough Council as part of the activities. From my experience of mindfulness I am so dedicated to helping others to experience the benefits of mindfulness. This seems the perfect way to spread the knowledge I have a little further.
In just the same way as better physical well being is visible to others so is mental well being. Although from the outside you can’t see the difference in your brain you would be able to on an MRI scan. Research has shown that after 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation the grey matter in our brains gets bigger. This is amazing and demonstrates the very real benefit for our mental functioning.
Even to the untrained eye and even with out an MRI scan there will still be visible results. A few minutes of meditation a day will have you operating on full capacity. By paying your brain a little more attention you will notice that you can focus better, concentrate for longer, achieve more and enjoy everything you do.
Taking all of this into account surely everyone would get into mindfulness? Surely everyone would be proud of it?
I have noticed that people often seek mindfulness training out when something is wrong in their lives. Sometimes this can mean that they are not keen to tell others about it. On some level I think people worry that seeking out brain training is in some way a weakness. There still seems to be a stigma about getting involved in mental health.
It is certainly true that mindfulness can help to get us through difficult times in our lives. My mission however is to get people to realise that mindfulness is great for everyone. Even if your life is already amazing, it could be even better. You could enjoy everything more. You could be better at everything you do.
I would love for people to talk about their brain training sessions in the same way they talk about their latest gym session, work out or race. I would love for people to be proud that they are talking care of their minds in the same way they take care of their bodies.
Come on a Revitalise Days session to experience first hand what mindfulness can do for you. It really is amazing. If you have a group who would like a tailor made session of mindfulness then get in touch, get a group of friends together and see what you are missing.