The mindful ref: get some (head) space

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By Tom Young, Sports Psychologist

Be warned, this topic might be a little out of left-field, but I’ve seen the practice have a real benefit on some of my clients, especially those who find it hard to sit still, work at a fast pace and always have thoughts buzzing around their mind. Life can get busy, so taking the time to slow down and appreciate the simple things can provide some sense of perspective.

A popular and growing concept in psychology is that of ‘mindfulness’. While at its core it is a simple process, it is actually quite hard to define. My attempt at the definition is as follows:

“Attempting to be present in the moment, while being increasingly aware of your body, thoughts and feelings”

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