By Tom George, wellbeing facilitator
Lockdown has been a challenge for everyone, whether you have a neurological condition or not, and one way to keep ourselves mentally well is through mindfulness. Mindfulness originates from Buddhism and it includes paying attention our breathing, and a variety of mental techniques that help us to 'go with the flow', live in the present moment and feel gratitude for little things. Mindfulness teaches lots of tips that can help you get through the day in a more peaceful, joyful state of mind, which is what we all want, right?
At The Brain Charity we provide our services for everyone. But we have noticed that less men are engaging with our online services, including the weekly mindfulness sessions, which I run. l want every man to know you can do so much for your quality of life if you explore this very helpful practice.
I suffered a lot of anxiety and mental health problems as a young man and spent a long time isolated. It was discovering mindfulness that allowed me to relate to my emotions better and take care of myself. Now I am in a much better place. I would encourage everyone to give it a try - it may be just what you need!
The Brain Charity’s mindfulness sessions are held on Mondays from 2 to 3 p.m. over Zoom.