Mindfulness and breathing

Mindfulness is a technique that anyone can learn, and it's something you can practise at any time.


What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness involves focusing on what's happening in the present moment (in your mind, body and surroundings) without judging anything else around you. It has roots in Buddhism and meditation, but you do not have to be spiritual, or have any particular beliefs, to try it.

The aims of mindfulness are to:

  • Become more self-aware.
  • Feel calmer and less stressed.
  • Feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings.
  • Cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts.
  • Be kinder to yourself.

Mindfulness apps

Apps are a great way to access mindfulness guides and resources to help reduce anxiety and restore balance in any work or home setting. 

Here are some of our top apps:

  • Smiling Mind – a completely free app that allows for daily meditation and mindfulness. The programme has been developed by psychologists and can be used by adults and children on any device.

  • Calm – a leading app for meditation and sleep (with free and paid-for elements). Join the millions experiencing lower stress, less anxiety, and more restful sleep with guided meditations. Recommended by top psychologists, therapists and mental health experts, Calm is the perfect mindfulness app for beginners.

Further resources

For free online mindfulness resources and exercises, please visit the following links:

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