People seeking asylum and refugees are more likely to experience poor mental health. Through our work we aim to change that.
From June to August we are working with over 35 women in culturally specific groups to develop mindfulness and wellbeing tools. We are sharing the results so others who are experiencing difficulties can learn the techniques and make use of them in their daily lives.
Mindfulness is an ancient eastern practice which is very relevant for our lives
today. It is a very simple concept. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally.
Close your eyes if it feels comfortable.
Now bring your attention to your belly
Feel it rise and fall
Keep focus on your breathing
Ride the waves of your breath
Tools for negative thoughts
We can all have negative thoughts from time to time, but when negative thinking takes over it can impact our mental health, leaving you feeling depressed or anxious. Our tools will help you recognise negative thinking and reset your mindset
Imagine you are lying on a big grassy hill.
Feel the grass underneath your feet.
How would the sun feel shining on your face?
Imagine the feeling of a soft breeze.
Listen to the sounds of birds around you.
There is nothing else.
Just you, the hill, and the open sky.
Getting a good nights sleep
There are many reasons for not sleeping well but it all results in feeling that we haven't slept enough - we feel tired, tense and are likely to worry about not sleeping. This worry can then make it even harder for us to sleep well.