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Everybody can feel under pressure to be their best – whether it's from parents, school, social media or even yourself. But sometimes to be your best, it can help to do nothing.

Mindfulness is a way to hit pause.
It slows things down and creates space. It can help you accept yourself, just as you are. It can help you focus, be calmer and have a healthier perspective on life. Try it out.

Calm

Mindfulness can help you achieve many things and improve your mental health. Discover more using the arrows below.

Calm Story
A man in a bicycle helmet sits on the ground among rocks labelled 'joy'
              , 'boredom', 'fear', 'anger' and 'excitement'. His face shows he is frustrated.
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          A man in a bicycle helmet sits on the ground among rocks labelled
          'joy', 'boredom', 'fear', 'anger' and 'excitement'. His face shows he is frustrated.
          3 collaborators have joined the document. A man is riding his bicycle competently over rocks labelled
              'joy', 'boredom', 'fear', 'anger' and 'excitement'. His face shows he is determined. A man is riding his bicycle competently over rocks labelled
               'joy', 'fear', 'doubt' and boredom. His face shows he is content and having fun.
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Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can get in our way, stopping us in our tracks.

Focus Story
A woman's face shows that she is stressed. A globe,
               a music note, an angry emjoi, a message notification and a book spin around her head. A woman looks calm as she holds a music note, which she
               has picked out from a number of other objects which spin around her. A woman looks happy as she dances with her friend.
               A music note is hovering over her head highlighted in blue as the object of her attention. Other objects orbit her from a further distance.
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Many different thoughts and emotions can race around our minds everyday, making it difficult for us to focus.

Perspective story title
A woman sits in her car at a level crossing, as
               freight trains cross her path with 'NOT GOOD ENOUGH' written on them.
                Her face shows she is sad. A woman sits in her car at a level crossing, as freight
               trains cross her path with 'NOT GOOD ENOUGH' written on them. She has taken her
                keys from the engine and spins them around her finger whist leaning calmly on her door.
                 On her face she wears a neutral expression. A woman sits on a hill looking out over a network of roads.
               She sees a bridge, rails and tunnels. There is a van displaying the word 'JOY',
                a train displaying the word 'SEX', a freight train displaying 'NOT GOOD ENOUGH'
                 a boat with a sail displaying a question mark and a bus displaying the word
                  'FRIENDS'. Her face shows her to be content.
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Sometimes, we can find ourselves inundated with negative thoughts that make us too sad or too fearful to move forward.

Questions
Resources

Further Reading

Oxford Mindfulness Centre

Department of Psychiatry
Warneford Hospital
Oxford, OX3 7JX

We’re currently doing a large scale study of mindfulness for young people funded by Wellcome.
Watch this space for updates in 2021.

Charity Details

Oxford Mindfulness Foundation
Registered Company Number: 06144314
Registered Charity Number: 1122517