There are many ways we can learn to distance ourselves from our thoughts and reduce the intensity of our feelings. One way is to practice specific exercises to help us relax, breathe more healthily, and notice what’s happening in the here and now. These and other valuable mindfulness tools help to still the mind and relieve anxiety and other symptoms of stress.
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Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness, says:
“It’s easy to stop noticing the world around us. It’s also easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living ‘in our heads’ – caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour,”