An hour to get away from your problems

An hour to get away from your problems

Have I prepped enough for this afternoon’s meeting? Will that discount voucher I got have run out? Did I leave the car lights on? Did I forget to fill the dog’s bowl? Our daily lives are full of concerns that slowly but surely take up space in our head and stop us from focusing fully on the task at hand.

A few minutes a day can be enough to help your mind relax and ramp your concentration back up. Practicing Mindfulness is a good way to clear your thoughts and recharge your batteries with positive energy to take on daily challenges.

Various activities have been conducted as part of Fluidra Health, a pilot program to promote group employee health. One of them involved providing mindfulness classes to staff members.

Do you have to do classes in a group to get the most out of mindfulness? No. You can do it off your own back without the support of other people, but it is very advisable to have an instructor around to settle any questions you might have. In a group you could find it easier as you will see others having to tackle the same challenges too. Practicing mindfulness in a group helps you keep going with it.

The mindfulness classes organized as part of the Fluidra Health program ran for about 60 minutes and covered working on one or various forms of relaxation. Plus, at the start or end of each class, the instructor led a short group chat on a specific topic related to mindfulness or mental health, such as the power of emotions, the perception of reality, or time management.

To give you a taste of what the classes involved, one of the instructors, Ester González, organized a special session in which she divided the class into three blocks in order to work on them fully. The group first did their mindfulness exercises seated on a chair; then they moved onto practicing it while moving; and finally they did floor exercises.

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