Mindfulness is a technique you can learn which involves making a special effort to notice what’s happening in the present moment – in your mind, body and surroundings – without judging anything.

Mindfulness can help you become more self-aware, feel calmer and less stressed. Many people find practising mindfulness helps them manage their day-to-day wellbeing. Being more aware of our thoughts and feelings as they happen moment to moment, allowing ourselves to see the present moment clearly, makes us better equipped to deal with the situation.

Most of us have issues that we find hard to let go, and mindfulness can help us deal with them more productively. Unlike other forms of treatment for anxiety and stress, such as taking medication, it is not a quick fix and takes time and application to achieve permanent results.

However, if the guidance, mind-set and exercises are applied and reinforced on a daily basis, the result becomes a feature of your life, and therefore does, over time, create permanent change.

Please note that Take A Step Counselling Service is not an emergency service.

Emergency Contacts:

If you are feeling distressed or suicidal, there are services available to help you immediately. If you feel at risk of harm to yourself, or if you are concerned about someone else, please go to your nearest hospital or call the emergency services on 999.

Other contacts:

General Practitioner: Request an emergency appointment. If you are not registered with a doctor in your area, you can attend your nearest NHS Walk-in Centre or contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Samaritans: Help for suicidal thoughts –

If you’re feeling like you want to die, it’s important to tell someone.

Help and support is available right now if you need it. You don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone.

Phone a helpline.

These FREE helplines are there to help when you’re feeling down or desperate. Call 116 123.

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