That is where mindfulness meditation comes in.
The NHS website says that it ‘involves sitting silently and paying attention to thoughts, sounds, the sensations of breathing or parts of the body, bringing your attention to whenever the mind starts to wander’.
Sandrine Cranswick lives in South Harting and owns Mindfulness Midhurst.
She said: “For the last 27 years mindfulness and meditation have been such a steady and reliable support in so many areas of my life.
“I felt the need to participate in bringing mainstream mindfulness into the general public, for both adults and children. I wanted to share this approach and practices to enhance people’s well-being and prevent physical and mental illnesses, to learn healthy coping strategies and stress management, to create harmony in relationships, still the mind, open the heart, being more present and an overall increased life satisfaction.
“This is what inspired me to create Mindfulness Midhurst; with the view of implementing mindfulness into the local community and surroundings.”
Sandrine offers a range of courses to help people integrate mindfulness into their daily life.
There is an eight-week group course both in person and online. All courses are evidence-based, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness for Life (MBCT-L; course designed by Oxford University Mindfulness Centre).
She also offers one to one tailored courses with ongoing support during and after courses, drop in meditation, workshops and there are retreat days.
There are a number of practical ways to be more mindful.
Sandrine said: “By ‘stepping out of automatic pilot’, becoming fully present, more in touch with ourselves and the world around us.”
You can do this by choosing one daily routine and bringing your full attention to it.
Pause regularly and as you stand or sit feel your feet touching the group and feel your breath and be ‘in’ our body for a few seconds with present moment awareness.
Do mindful walking you walk on a chosen pathway, you deliberately bring your attention to feel your body walking, feel each step as it touches the ground.
For more information, visit mindfulness-midhurst.co.uk