Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your feelings and thoughts, your body and the people around you.
One area is mindfulness which can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better.
Meadows – by June Wilson
We have lost 97% of the UK’s meadows in the last 90 years. A staggering 7.5 million acres. In 2015 Plantlife’s botanical specialist, Dr Trevor Dines, stated that “all that remains are just 26,000 acres (10,500 hectares) of lowland wildflower meadow and 2,223 acres (900 hectares) of upland hay meadow in the UK. For the greater part, our understanding of what it was like is now confined to memory,” A consequence of this disappearance is a loss of insect life, many of whom we rely on to pollinate foods such as wheat and barley.
Taking a step back to admire nature
Thank you NHS, from the Creche
A Love Letter to Lakeland
Contributed by Josh Chapman
This video is just a taste of what the Lake District has to offer. Having grown up there and being able to walk out the front door and have these incredible views was a blessing. Me and my dad decided one day that we should capture the beauty of the Lake District. What you see here is over the course of a few years, hiking up to some remote parts of the lakes, sending the drone up and seeing a completely different side of the place which I called home for so long. Being able to see views not possible by foot was astonishing. I hope to make some more videos, and I hope this will inspire people to visit this wonderful place.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.
Showing our respect for the NHS
Bryan Evans, our fantastic Head of Grounds at Wellington College, showing our respect for the NHS within the grounds.
Walking in Nature
Its a bit of a quandary at the moment, plenty of time to spare but you’re only permitted to walk outside once a day so how can you get the most out of that time? Split your walk 50/50 between a cardiovascular brisk walk and a slow deliberate amble, do the brisk walk on one day and the slow walk the next and that’s where mindfulness comes in, where you are in the moment, where you listen to your body, to the environment around you and you let go of the worries of the world. How can walking in nature help you do that?
In the past when I have been for a walk, I would walk briskly and I would talk to myself trying to resolve existing problems or mentally going over things that had happened in my life. Then I studied mindfulness and things changed.
Mindfulness makes you focus on you, as you are walking you might pay attention to the pressure as each foot is placed in front of you, you will notice the movement of your clothes against your body, the breeze against your skin and your chest rising and lowering as you breath and as a consequence you walk more slowly and purposely.
This can be taken further into the environment itself, listen to your own footfall, the crunching of the gravel or leaves under your feet, listen to the wind blowing through the trees, listen to the branches creaking overhead. Listen to the birds singing around you, the insects buzzing around the spring flowers.
Before you realise it the annoying sounds like the sound of a lawn being mowed will have disappeared into the background and all you will hear is the sounds of nature, more importantly, that little voice in your head that tries to put the world to right will have stopped. You are now at peace. Enjoy.