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As part of your 7 Days, 7 Ways journey, you can also learn more about mindfulness and the benefits it may have in your daily life. Visit Mental Health Foundation’s bemindful.co.uk for more information.
Day 4: Track your practice; observe the trends in your thinking.
Yesterday we talked about making sure you find some spare time alone to become more aware of your thinking. Did you observe the kind of thoughts that come into your mind during your breathing exercises? Are there any negative thoughts that are particularly persistent?
Keep note of any recurring thoughts that would normally cause a negative reaction from you. Observe the thought, and then practice bringing yourself back to the present. Remember that thoughts are not facts!
It’s easy to lose track of the positive things we achieve every day. Keep a diary of these ‘daily victories’ as they unfold, no matter how small you may perceive them to be. Seeing facts in black and white can help you keep a sense of how things really are.