The psycho tip of June 11: how to practice mindfulness.

Welcome to you, who are seeking a moment of pause and respite for your mind on this June 11th. Today, we offer you the following psycho advice: practice mindfulness. It is an invitation to take a moment to focus on your breathing for a defined duration. But what exactly is mindfulness? And how to put it into practice? We’re going to break down these aspects for you with concrete examples.

Understanding mindfulness

The advent of modern society has created a sort of paradox where the “mental health” aspect has often been neglected in favor of the hectic daily life. However, specialists such as Dr. Louise Carton, a psychiatrist-addictologist, have raised its importance. Mindfulness finds its roots in Buddhist philosophies. The theory is simple: it’s about being present here and now, refocusing on the moment and not being distracted by future or past thoughts.

Mindfulness: Feeling and Experimenting

Mindfulness is not just a theory; it is above all a practice. Imagine you’re doing a meditative walk: each step consists of feeling the texture of the ground under your feet, closely observing each of your breaths, feeling the air enter and exit your lungs. It’s being fully present in that moment, noting every sensation that passes through you without judgment. The goal is not to avoid or change these impressions, but simply to observe them.

Breathing: the keystone of mindfulness

Breathing plays a crucial role within this practice. Taking note of your breathing is the most basic yet most effective exercise you can do. Five minutes a day may be enough! Sit comfortably, close your eyes if it helps, and simply start following your breathing.

Concrete benefits on mental health

  • Stress Reduction: Regularly being in touch with oneself helps to mitigate the effect of daily stress.
  • Improvement of concentration: The repetition of focus on the present moment enhances concentration abilities.
  • Reduction of hyperactivity : For those suffering from adult ADHD, this practice can soothe the hyperactive mind.

From local to universal: initiatives supporting mindfulness

The need to take care of our mental health has found itself at the heart of societal debates in several countries, leading to the creation of structures like the National Council for Mental Health Reconstruction. In the face of this global realization, various initiatives have been developed to encourage the practice of mindfulness. Among them, we can mention the movement of enhanced psychological support, focused on the use of alternative approaches such as mindfulness meditation.

There’s no need to be an expert in meditation or Buddhism to start practicing these simple techniques. Every little effort counts. Take 5 minutes today: sit quietly and focus all your attention on your breathing- you will notice a significant difference in your overall state of mind. Perhaps you will even adopt this daily routine! After all, it’s in the spirit of the times to take care of ourselves, body and mind included.

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