Tuesday – Take notice (Wellbeing Week 2020)
Reminding yourself to take notice can strengthen and broaden your awareness. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your wellbeing, and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. For more information, please visit Mind’s Five ways to wellbeing.
We have put together lots of different ways that you can practice ‘Taking Notice’ in the current climate. Lockdown doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on an opportunity to be more aware of yourself and your surroundings.
Being in lockdown doesn’t mean that you need to meditate alone. The Brighton Buddhist centre is offering lots of online meditation classes which are all donation based. An excellent way to mediate with others, guided by an experienced teacher. As the classes are online you can access them whether you’re are living in Brighton, Eastbourne or have decided to return home.
If you would like some guidance on meditation, then why not consider the Headspace app? There is a free version of the app where you can learn to meditate, guided through the process, accessible wherever you are. There are also lots of students deals where you can access hundreds of meditations related specifically to study.
Looking for support with sleep, mediation and relaxation? The Calm app might be for you. They have a free version of the app which gives you access to a number of meditations.
Insighttimer has over 40,000 free meditations and lockdown is the perfect opportunity to explore.
E-books – The University Library has a range of e-books available which focus upon mindfulness. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the benefits of taking more notice and different ways this can be done. The books are free and easily accessible.
Yoga is a great way to take a break from work and study, get out of your thinking mind and move your body in ways that cultivate strength and enable relaxation. Suitable for all bodies, levels of experience and ability, join us at 5pm for this 45 minute yoga session and allow yourself some space to stretch, release and find balance. We’ll work with the breath and healthy alignment in the physical postures as we move through a dynamic and considered sequence of movements.
Your teacher – Laura has been practicing yoga for 15 years and this summer qualified as a yoga teacher. Her style is gentle and accessible, with modifications for all bodies helping you to feel into the physical positions and attain strength and balance to move beyond the yoga mat. Laura also works for Aldrich library and is delighted to share a yoga practice with you during Wellbeing Week.
Additionally, Inengayoga is offering free yoga classes specifically for students every day from 23 November.
We really believe in the benefits of becoming more mindful in your every day life but understand that formal practice such as meditation or yoga might seem quite difficult at the moment. Why not take a look at our guide on how you can incorporate mindfulness into your day with very small acts, which all eventually add up.