Mindfulness encourages us to be present in the here and now, and accepting.. While useful and wonderful how many of us honestly have the self-discipline needed to practice regularly? In hospital this isn’t something you can do all the time, and few will be already prepared in this way…
For most of us doing something is a much more natural way to become present in the here and now and become focused. Doing something brings a ‘holiday for the mind’. Simple but skilled activities such as adult-colouring brings moments of joy. Getting absorbed allows an escape from worries while hands get suitably busy. Doing ‘nothing’ is sadly not that, but often brings rumination and worry especially for those in hospital.
While mindfulness should be encouraged, it would be a kindness to also offer simpler, less demanding ways to become present for those who are unwell.
Change time in hospital for those who going through difficult times into an opportunity to try something new. What would be your anti-boredom?