I would just like to start off by saying that I wish you a very happy & healthy New Year and that I hope 2019 is kind to you and you achieve all of your goals!
A lot of us go into the New Year with goals and New Years resolutions.. For me that is not the case. 2018 was a great year for me. Even though it didn’t start off so bright, it ended shining and I didn’t really want it to end, but here we are a new year, a new start and a new chapter! I learnt a lot last year about myself and about controlling my emotions and if you didn’t know already from one of my previous posts I suffered severely with anxiety and mental health related issues and I am still dealing with them now but I have learnt ways in which to deal with it as best as I can.. I have been putting a lot of what I have learnt to practice and this leads me on to The Equestrian Mindfulness Series.
The Equestrian Mindfulness Series is all about how to use horses for mindfulness. As an equestrian that has been to see a therapist to help with mental health related problems I have learnt a lot along the way and one of the most important exercises that I have learnt is mindfulness or how to be mindful. This series will be broken down into 2 different posts going into detail about different ways you can use horses for mindfulness or any equine for that manor.
Whether you own, loan or walk past horses in the field on your way to work there will be something for everyone that enjoys the presence of a horse and the way in which you can use them to sooth the mind. This series will help with mental health illnesses, anxiety, stress, anger or if you would just like to have some you time.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness and attention on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. Mindfulness is a light form of meditation which can be done seated, walking, standing and moving. Mindfulness is known for it’s benefits to reduce stress, enhance performance, gain insight and awareness through observing our own mind and increase our attention to others ‘well being’.
Hopefully The Equestrian Mindfulness Series can help you in your everyday lives just taking a moment when you are at your happy place to unwind and relax with your horses. Having horses can lead to very hectic lives so taking just 5 minutes out of your evening horse routine and practising some of the techniques I will be explaining will really benefit you in and out of the saddle. If you do not have horses or access to a horse to practice these techniques you can implement them on your other animals.
Finding peace in a frantic world..
Thank you for reading, until next time..