Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental health issues within the UK; something attributed to busy, pressurized modern lives. Multitasking and juggling commitments has become commonplace, with many people feeling as if they aren't truly present in their own lives.

Mindfulness is a specific way of paying attention to what is happening in our lives in the present moment, as it truly is. With practice it can help us take notice of and stop negative, habitual, distressing reactions to everyday pressures.

The most common way this technique is practiced is through mindfulness meditation. This usually involves focusing on sights, sounds and physical sensations while trying to reduce 'brain chatter'. Some people struggle with mindfulness meditation at first, finding it hard to focus their attention, but this is to be expected and may require practice. Practicing the technique regularly can help people take a step back, acknowledge their 'brain chatter' and view it accurately and without judgement.

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