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Take Notice

The idea behind "take notice" can seem a bit abstract and strange. It's not about constantly passing comment on everything you do or say or see! Often when we're busy and stressed, we have so much running around in our minds we lose focus, complicate our priorities and miss out on enjoyable moments. Studies suggest that by being more aware of what is going on in the present, we worry less about the future and ruminate less about the past.

Taking notice takes practice, but if you make a regular habit of it, you'll find that your wellbeing will improve. It's about taking time out to specifically find enjoyment in the moment and environment around out. It's about being curious and remarking on the unusual or beautiful.

It's often the "little things” that can make a difference. For example, why don’t you consider trying one of the following:

  • Get a plant for your workspace, or somewhere in your home
  • Take a different route on your journey to/from work, school or the shops – notice what’s different
  • Take a camera with you when you’re out and about, take some photos of what makes you smile
  • Keep a diary
  • Savour the taste when eating your food
  • Think about how your feeling when you brush your teeth, whether it’s good or bad, that awareness can help prepare you for the day ahead
  • Ask yourself how you’re feeling at three different times in the day

 

Breathing and Relaxation Techniques

There are lots of places that can teach you calming breathing techniques - great for anxiety, stress and anger management.

 

IAPT Sheffield run a Stress Control course which can teach you ways to manage anxiety, depression and stress, as well as techniques such as breathing and relaxation exercises. The course is free, you'll be given a workbook and a CD with the exercises on. You can even listen to the CD online: https://stresscontrolaudio.com/home

To book onto the course, visit the website or speak to your GP.

 

 

Breathing Exercises

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Mindfulness

You may have heard it mentioned a lot when talking about mental health. What is the "Mindfulness" all about?!

Put simply, Mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment and accepting what is.

Mindfulness doesn't take a lot of time, a quick 10 minute exercise every day can help improve your mental health and wellbeing.

Another benefit of mindfulness is that it isn't about "succeeding or failing", it's about accepting what "is". It can help you see the world clearer so that you can take more considered decisions and actions to change things in your life.

 

Free Mindfulness

Free Mindfulness has several mindfulness exercises for anyone to use. They are distributed under the (CC) creative commons copright.

 

Out and About

An easy way to break routine and "remark on the unusual", is to go out to somewhere new and take notice of what you experience.

 

Us Sheffield folk are lucky to have such beautiful countryside on our doorstep. You could look on the Peak District website for information on walks and events, as well as information on how to get there (if it isn't, actually, on your doorstep)...

 

You could visit Museums Sheffield see if anything inspires you or see what events and activities they have on, such as mindfulness courses.

 

Take a walk in one of Sheffield's 80 public parks, or 650 other green and open spaces. The Sheffield City Council website has a list of all the parks, including some maps and guides, and information about new events that are happening in parks near you.

 

 

 

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