Mobile phones, i-pads and social media offer great convenience and 24-7 information. We can check our emails without having to be in the office, even at the weekends and evenings. However, although the advantages are numerous, we may never mentally switch off or have down time. This can be a contributing factor to stress related illness.
Mindfulness is a very simple method of switching off, even for 5 minutes in your day. It can be done anywhere at any time (as long as you aren’t driving the car!). It requires no special equipment or gym membership and is completely free of charge. All you need is time and space. Although it can be done anywhere, one of the best places is in your garden.
Vanessa Drew is a highly experienced garden designer based near Rathfriland, Co Down. Vanessa is also a part-time farmer, animal lover and owner of Ballyroney Cottage farmstay B&B. She enjoys hiking, mindfulness and is a wildlife and conservation enthusiast. In her blogs, she shares her passion for horticulture, animals and country lifestyle.