Do you take time to experience and reflect on what is happening around you each day?

Noticing nature helps us press the pause button and reduce the stress of our daily lives.

Savouring our surroundings give us, quite literally, more breathing space.

Being self-aware and learning about yourself, helps you tune into your emotions.

Things you can do to be in the moment

Appreciate the simple things in life.

It really is as simple as stopping to smell the roses; being in the moment, connecting with your senses, appreciating your immediate surroundings and those most near and dear to us.

Taking time to acknowledge and appreciate the simple things in life helps ground us and provides opportunities for reflection and perspective.

Meditate or practice yoga.

After more than 5000 years of practice in one form or another, meditation and yoga are tried and true methods of connecting your mind with your body, letting go of stress and being in the moment.

Focus on your breath.

We’re told to take a deep breath for a reason. Controlled, deep breathing helps us to reduce stress and anxiety, to relax and generally take more control of our selves.

Read more about techniques and benefits here

Take notice of small changes in your mood, or in the behaviour of those around you.

It’s the little things in life that often go unnoticed. Yet the cumulative effects of life’s slings and arrows, can negatively impact our mental and physical wellbeing. Be aware of how you react to particular situations and check yourself for healthy behaviours. Keep an eye on those around you and reach out if they need support.

Suggestions from our Lived Experience Collective

  • Listen with your eyes as well as your ears.
  • Take notice of those around you especially those you love
  • Appreciate your pets – they love attention too
  • Create a Gratitude Jar – clean out an old jar and place it on your bedside table along with a note pad and pen. Every day, write something that you are grateful for, fold up the note and pop it in the jar. At the end of the year – or when you need reminding – open up the jar and remind yourself how fortunate you are.
  • Look up! There’s a whole universe out there for you to explore. Find a star-gazing app that suits you or if you want to get a bit closer to the ground, try cloudspotting.
  • Collect flowers while walking  – create a flower collage/group and photograph it. Then send the photo to a friend to let them know you are thinking of them (brightening someone else’s day by virtual reality flower gifting!)
  • Record your daily observations in a journal or create your own blog or podcast.