The body scan is my favorite mindfulness exercise because it’s very easy to do and highly effective at helping a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. It’s also incredibly relaxing and just a rather lovely way to de-stress and look after ourselves.
Many of my clients are often initially wary about mindfulness. For some, it conjures up the idea of incense and chanting, while others are put off by the thought that it will be boring, frustrating or just a waste of time.
Personally, I think the word ‘mindfulness’ is in itself off-putting and vague and could generally do with a re-brand.
Because, in essence, all mindfulness actually is, is focusing on what’s going on right now for you in the present and not thinking about the past or worrying about the future.
The action of just focusing on what’s going on around you is incredibly soothing for our minds and, if you’re an overthinker, it’s an excellent way of interrupting the overthinking cycle, by bringing your attention out of your head and into your body.
If you’ve never tried mindfulness before, the body scan is great because it’s so straightforward and easy to do. It only takes 10 minutes and, on this recording, I talk you through it, step by step, so you just need to get comfortable and give it a go!