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Could it work for you? We grabbed Matalan’s senior digital designer and Mindfulness expert, Stacey Wildman, to give us some insight into what Mindfulness actually is, its benefits and how to make it part of your day to day.

Welcome Stacey! First tell us a little about yourself...

I'm the senior digital designer here at Matalan, covering all things creative you see online. For the past 10 years, I have tried to include mindfulness in most parts of my life. I now run a blog through my Instagram @staceywildthingg that aims to encourage wellbeing and gives mindfulness tips and tricks for people’s daily lives. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it's proving to really help with mental health and bring structure to a long day inside.

Welcome Stacey! First tell us a little about yourself...

I'm the senior digital designer here at Matalan, covering all things creative you see online. For the past 10 years, I have tried to include mindfulness in most parts of my life. I now run a blog through my Instagram @staceywildthingg that aims to encourage wellbeing and gives mindfulness tips and tricks for people’s daily lives. Now more than ever, in these uncertain times, it's proving to really help with mental health and bring structure to a long day inside.

Mindfulness can be something as small as checking your thoughts throughout the day and making sure you align them to a positive attitude. Or as big as committing to changing your perspective and outlook on life through practices like meditation, yoga, spiritual development or journaling.

You don't have to be a spiritual guru to practice any of the above, absolutely anyone can try their hand at incorporating mindfulness into their lives. It has brought me more peace of mind and contentment in life, especially during stressful periods. Taking time out to focus your mental wellbeing can help realign your thoughts and better equip you for life's daily challenges.

Not at all! Practising mindfulness can be done anywhere in a variety of free ways. YouTube and Spotify have tons of free guided meditations, workout sessions and more. The internet is a great place to do your research and find styles of mindfulness that suit you!

Start small, finding the right type of mindful activity for you is key. If you’re someone who can’t sit still, then meditation might not be for you, but journaling might. If yoga’s not your bag, that’s fine, any type of exercise can be good for calming the mind and focusing your thoughts. It’s all about finding something that suits you and adding simple daily routines into your life. Over time this will help you get into the routine of a more positive flow of life and greatly benefit the way you think, speak and react to stressful situations.

Here’s Stacey top tips for incorporating mindfulness into your day...

Create a positive morning routine

Even if you're not a morning person - or have little time to spare, setting your alarm 30 minutes early to build mindfulness someway into your morning is a great start to the day.

Meditate

Meditation is a great tool to manage stress, worry and really focus the mind. Apps like Calm and Headspace are a great tool to begin small and learn the technique, meditation takes practice but its benefits on wellbeing can be transformative.

Stretch

Daily morning yoga or evening stretches can be perfect for focusing the mind mentally and improving the body physically. Try Yoga for beginners with Adrienne on YouTube to guide you through.

Journal

Writing down how you feel and reading over it can help you gain a fresh perspective. Try writing down how your day has gone, and if any negatives arise, write next to them the possible learnings or positives you can take away from them.

Follow Stacey's Instagram and blog where she has Mini Meditations, and Monday Mantras highlights filled with great affirmation suggestions for lots of situations, and is on hand to answer any Mindfulness questions you may have.
My Instagram @staceywildthingg
My blog

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