The Science of Wellness
The Science of Wellness is a collaboration between the Sheffield Branch of The British Science Association and Sheffield Flourish. The initial event took place on 25th September 2017 with the aim to see if there was any evidence to suggest that engaging in difference activities such as mindfulness, being outside etc did improve our sense of health and wellbeing. In short sessions over the course of the event, delegates were invited to listen to university students and academics discuss their scientific findings between the links of taking time out for one’s self, being in nature and turning the mind to mindfulness. Delegates were then invited to select one of a number of wellbeing options (such as exploring local green spaces) to take away with them for a month-long experiment to test the impact of their choice on their actual wellbeing.
A follow-up event is to take place on Monday 30th October 2017 at the Victoria Centre, Sheffield where delegates will come back together to discuss the impact of their studies on their wellbeing.
I am delighted to announce that I have been invited to speak at this event, sharing my own journey with my downturn in mood and the measures I have put in place to try to manage it.
- To find out more about the Science of Wellness follow up event, and register your interest click here.
- Find out more about Sheffield Flourish.
And here we are at week six! Over the last five weeks we have looked at posture, breathing, body scanning, listening, and walking.
As you begin to develop your mindful practice you will start to find that you automatically begin to put all of these aspects together quite naturally. Your spine will become longer, you will walk tall whilst paying attention to your surroundings, your breath will be regular and rhythmical, and you will notice how your body is feeling.
Don’t be disheartened if somedays you struggle with any one or all of these aspects. Mindfulness is a work in progress. Some days, even after months of mindful practice my mind remains scattered and I can feel frustrated whilst in practice, other days it comes so naturally and I can find myself happily seated for a long while completely focussed on my present place.
Over the coming weeks I would encourage you to keep practicing each one of these exercises and journaling how they made you feel. If you have been keeping a journal since the beginning, go back and compare how your earlier practices felt to how they feel now.
Take the opportunity to have some mindful me time each day, take a short walk at lunchtime and appreciate your surroundings, or go and sit in a quiet corner with your lunch and enjoy it rather than gobbling it down whilst working. Invest in a mindfulness app for your smart phone or download a podcast or even just listen to some relaxing music. Take a bubble bath and just be at one with the warm water. Do some yoga. Go for a walk with friends or play mindfully with your kids……….the possibilities are endless.
I am always happy to answer questions, so please feel free to drop me a comment. I am working on a PDF version of the beginners series for you to download, so watch this space.
Thanks for being with us over the last six weeks. Have a great mindful week everyone.