we wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas and new year. For many of us however the Christmas and New Year period can be challenging. Stress, anxiety and depression are common states of mind for many over this period. The practice of Mindfulness and Mindful Walking can be a real help when we experience such emotional suffering.
Make a pledge to yourself over these next few weeks to make space and time for yourself. Whenever these strong feelings arise take 5 and come back to your breath, come back to your body. Mindful breathing and enjoying our steps mindfully can be our anchor when we feel strong emotions. Even when we are walking from one room to the next or using the stairs at home we can practice mindful walking. Stopping, coming back to our breath, coming back to our body and being aware of every step that we take.
Please do take the time to go outdoors in some of our beautiful green parks, gardens and the great outdoors over the next few weeks and practice Mindful walking. Take time to appreciate the blue sky or maybe the snow, the frost or even the rain. Take time to practice gratitude for all that we do have at this time of year, becoming aware and mindful of the happiness and joy that we can experience at this time of years.
We’ll be taking part in Belfast City Council’s ‘Take 5’ campaign which is aimed at our emotional resilience, well-being and mental health. In January and February many of us suffer from the January blues. So why not join us on one of five special Mindful walks offered as part of the ‘Take 5’ campaign. Here are the details of walks covering all parts of Belfast and offered on Saturdays.
Date Location Time
17/01/15 Whiterock Park 12.00pm
24/01/15 Victoria Park 12.00pm
31/01/15 Woodvale Park 12.00pm
07/02/15 Ormeau Park 12.00pm
14/02/15 Waterworks Park 12.00pm
Remember…..Mindfulness is for life not just for Christmas.