Ways to Relax and Calm our Mind



What does being able to focus mean to you? To me it means being able to
get clarity on my thoughts, it means I’m not getting distracted every few
seconds or minutes. It means that I can follow a thought through to
completion and not have 100 more clamouring for my attention. Focus for
me comes when I’m calm and it comes when I have a purpose. It also
comes when I’ve had enough sleep, exercise and mental space!
Mindfulness meditation really helps with being able to develop my focus. I
really believe that it is useful to build the muscle of being able to focus (get
distracted) and then pull our attention back onto what we were initially
paying attention to. Like any skill, we can have varying abilities in this skill
and regular practice helps improve it.And it’s not only mindfulness in the traditional sense of meditation (sitting
still, listing to our breaths, sounds or a formal meditation recording), that can
build this skill of focus, but being in nature, we naturally become mindful, we
pay attention to the sky, to the sounds around us, the smells and the wide
expansive views.
So if formal mindfulness meditation is not for you, be sure to get out into
nature and just notice for 30 seconds or a minute and help your mind get
into this practice. This will improve your ability to focus, which helps us to
find calm and clarity.
If you’d like to learn more about different kinds of mindfulness because you
find it hard to focus, be sure to check out my mindfulness videos or list of
mindfulness apps. Head to http://www.thekatefrench.com.au to request these.

Kate x

Published by Kate French

Clinical Psychologist; expertise in autism and child and family psychology.

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