Taking notice of what’s going on both around us and within us boosts our wellbeing, making us more self-aware as well as feeling part of something bigger.

Mindfulness is an effective tool to help us thrive in all areas of life. A wealth of evidence demonstrates that it can reduce stress and worry and help people cope with change and uncertainty.

At work, it can enhance decision-making, and build resilience. Many people report feeling happier, experience improved creativity, and feel their lives are more meaningful.

Join in with our free mindfulness drop-ins and sessions:

Real Men Do Yoga

November 18 - December 9

Speak Well

December 14 at 11:30 - 12:30

Colleagues at Dorset Council recently took part in a trial of the Headspace app and found just 15 minutes of meditation for 14 days improved their workplace wellbeing. The Insight Timer App is also very popular. Find more mindfulness and wellbeing apps using the ORCHA App Finder.

Dorset Mind has created the My Dorset Mind website to help you to escape to your favourite part of the county. Using their collection of Dorset scenery you choose a view and the sounds you would like to hear and follow the on-screen tips to enjoy relaxing mindful techniques.

Walking is a great way to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life and has been practiced as a meditative technique for thousands of years. But in everyday life, walking is usually an established and habituated action that requires very little concentration. Try mindful walking and direct your mind to the present moment by tuning in to your senses.

Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects.

Mind have put together a range of ideas for nature-based activities you can try.

Do you have five minutes, right now?

Take a few minutes to reset, with a short video or audio clip. Or come back to them, when you have a moment to yourself.

Watch

Our Wellbeing Coach Kerry leads you through a five-minute exercise using your breath and your focus to connect with your senses.

Listen

Listen to this three-minute breathing space from the Mental Health Foundation whenever you feel tense. It’s a simple way to calm your mind and body down.