Spring & Mental Wellbeing

As we enjoy the fresh and lively spring season, it’s a great time to take care of our mental well-being. And here in West Silvertown, we’re lucky to have Thames Barrier Park at our doorstep. So, why not try a calming mindfulness activity to relax and feel peaceful?


                       Thames Barrier Park. Photo Courtesy: Google


Understanding Mindfulness


Mindfulness is all about being present in the here and now, without letting our thoughts carry us away. It’s a practice that can bring calmness and perspective to our busy lives, encouraging a greater sense of well-being.


Preparing for Practice


Find a comfortable space where you can sit quietly without distractions. Close your eyes gently or soften your gaze. Take a moment to settle into your surroundings, feeling the support of the ground beneath you and the gentle rhythm of your breath.


  1. Begin with Breath: Take a few deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Feel the air fill your lungs and notice the sensation of each breath as it enters and leaves your body. Let your breath anchor you in the present moment.


  1. Body Scan: Shift your attention to your body, starting from your toes and gradually moving upward. Notice any areas of tension or discomfort, allowing each part of your body to relax and soften as you bring awareness to it.


  1. Spring Sensations: Tune into your senses and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and smells of spring. Listen for the chirping of birds, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, and breathe in the fragrant scents of blooming flowers. Allow yourself to fully experience the richness of the season.


  1. Gratitude Practice: Reflect on the blessings of spring and cultivate a sense of gratitude in your heart. What aspects of the season bring you joy and appreciation?


  1. Letting Go: As you continue to breathe deeply, gently release any thoughts or worries that arise. Imagine them floating away like clouds in the sky, allowing yourself to embrace a sense of openness and freedom in the present moment.


  1. Closing: When you feel ready, slowly bring your awareness back to your surroundings. Wiggle your fingers and toes, stretch your body gently, and open your eyes if they were closed. Take a moment to acknowledge yourself for taking this time for self-care and mindfulness.


May you carry the peace and presence into the rest of your day. Remember that you can return to this practice whenever you need to ground yourself in the here and now. Embrace the beauty of spring with open hearts and mindful awareness, nurturing your mental health and well-being along the way.