Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts, feelings, your body and the world around you.
This awareness is classed as 'mindfulness' - which can help you enjoy life and your surroundings. It can positively impact how you perceive life and change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
Mindfulness works by taking your focus to the present moment and away from other thoughts.
Mindfulness aims to help you:
Mindfulness is a form of meditation and is a technique to having more control over how you feel.
The practice is based on the idea that the reason why we are stressed is not what is going on in the present moment, it's what is going on in our heads.
Often we can find ourselves interpreting situations negatively - mindfulness can help keep us grounded in the present.
Practicing mindfulness can also help you develop ways to connect to the present moment more. Once we do that we become more aware of our thoughts and how they affect us, that way you can choose how you respond.
Mindfulness enables us to switch off auto-pilot mode which most of us have a habit of doing, by doing this we have a much richer and happier relationship with the world around us.
Studies show that practising mindfulness can help to manage common mental health problems, such as anxiety, depressions and feelings of stress.
There are lots of online courses for practicing mindfulness - such as formal meditation, focusing on your breathing, paying more attention when you're doing the washing up, or even being more mindful of your surroundings when you're walking down the street.
You can also find lots of resources and mindfulness exercises on YouTube and apps such as Headspace.
More resources on mindfulness: