Taking a wander on the mindful side with #penumbra Peer Practitioner, Fiona

I am Fiona Gray a Peer Worker in Penumbra’s Distress Brief Intervention service.

I have a fitness tracker and aim to walk over 10,000 steps a day at least 5 days a week. I achieve this at work by walking to and from my support meetings if it’s possible.

I’m also interested in practicing mindfulness and completed an online course some years ago. One Christmas my friend bought me a 6 month Mindfulness Journal to log how I am enhancing my life to feel healthy and happy.

Everyday I practice mindfulness while I walk. Sometimes I concentrate on my breathing, taking in air, expanding my lungs and exhaling. This helps me relax and de stress, it also helps me keep in the present which reduces my anxious thoughts.

I also sometimes choose to observe my surroundings and nature. It’s amazing what you notice round about yourself. I focus on beauty this helps me maintain positivity and achieve my work and personal goals. Sometimes when I’m eating on the run I concentrate on the physical action of eating , taste and smell. This helps me relax, not feel in a rush and under stress. Every evening I write a reflection of how exercise and mindfulness has enhanced my day. I find combining the two has a very positive impact on my mental and physical well-being.

Thank you for sharing your mindfulness thoughts, Fiona.

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