The idea behind mindfulness is really simple. It’s about being present in the moment – or in other words, being aware of the here and now, including being aware of your thoughts, feelings, body sensations and your surroundings. To put it another way, it’s the exact opposite of mindlessness.

For instance, have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you went there in the first place? Most of us have done just that at some time or another. But while we may blame our memory, the problem usually has more to do with the fact that our mind simply became distracted from what we were doing.

So if, like most people, you’re constantly multi-tasking and juggling any number of different tasks and thoughts, not just at work but also at home, it should be no surprise that you lack awareness of the present moment. According to the NHS, however, paying more attention to the present moment can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better.

Please read through the helpsheet below to learn more about mindfulness.