Coming To Your Senses…Literally!

I’m absolutely no expert when it comes to advising about mental health, but like many who write about this subject, I’ve experienced what it is to struggle, (albeit temporarily), with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. And I know a lot of people who suffer on a daily basis, with a myriad of invisible illnesses ─ often gaining an insight into their struggles. Now I’m ready for an eye roll or two when I say this, but one of the big things that helped me to become mentally well again, was trying to ‘live in the moment’. I cannot stress enough how effective this can be if you are willing to at it and approach it with an open mind. Some call it mindfulness ─ a term that is bandied about a lot, and mocked by those who don’t understand it (not everybody of course).

Something such as anxiety, feeds on worrying about the past or the future. By challenging these thoughts and shifting your focus to what is going on under your nose, the results can sometimes be amazing, (although it doesn’t float everyone’s boat). From following @Rubywax on Twitter and Facebook, I took away some great mindfulness exercises to do, with many of them involving your senses. Here are two of them;

Five Senses Test

Courtesy of Mojpe Pixabay

Used to quiet those ’monkey in your head’ thoughts, or even something to practice if you want to be more present, the five senses test requires you to stop what you are doing for five minutes and focus on your senses.

  • What can I see?
  • What can I hear?
  • What can I smell?
  • What can I touch?
  • What can I taste?

Weekly Sense Task

This involves choosing something that you do on a regular basis, and every time you do it, being mindful of how you are doing it, (so how does it feel, taste, etc.). For example;

a) Brushing your teeth

b) Drinking a coffee

c) Eating (anything)

d) Turning a light on

Give them a try, go on, I dare you…

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