The idea behind ‘take notice’ may seem a bit abstract and strange. It’s not about constantly passing comment on everything you do or say or see! Often when we’re busy and stressed, we have so much running around in our minds we lose focus, complicate our priorities and can miss out on enjoyable moments. Studies suggest that by being more aware of what is going on in the present, we worry less about the future and think less about the past. ‘Taking notice’, can also be described as ‘grounding’, or being ‘in the present’.
Taking notice takes practice, however if you make a regular habit of it, you may find that your wellbeing will improve. It’s about taking time out to specifically find enjoyment in the moment and the environment around you. It’s about being curious and remarking on the unusual or beautiful.
It’s often the “little things” that can make a difference. For example, why don’t you consider trying one of the following:
- Get a plant for your workspace, or somewhere in your home
- Take a different route on your journey to/from work, school or the shops – notice what’s different
- Take a camera with you when you’re out and about, take some photos of things that make you smile
- Keep a diary
- Eat slowly, savouring the taste when eating your food
- Think about how your feeling when you brush your teeth in the morning, whether it’s good or bad, that awareness can help prepare you for the day ahead
- Ask yourself how you’re feeling at three different times in the day
- Before you go to bed, write down three things that you’re thankful for