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What is mindfulness?

As a simple meditation practice, mindfulness can be learned by most people.

It's historically associated with Buddhist meditation, and in recent years it has been integrated with contemporary psychological theory and research and is now applied as an evidence-based intervention for managing stress and promoting wellbeing.

For more information, see the NHS guide to mindfulness and how to look after your mental health using mindfulness.

If you've never heard of Mindfulness, watch this 12 minute video of the founder of Mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn, introducing mindfulness. If you've got the time there's a longer version (72 minutes) of the introduction to mindfulness.

Brief mindfulness practices

You can do this any time. Give yourself a 3-minute breathing space using these audio-guided mindfulness exercises