By Julia Sagar
For many designers and artists, the process of creating something can be a great way to escape from the world and focus the mind. However, that doesn’t mean we’re immune to stress – there’s nothing like a client breathing down your neck and a looming deadline to pop your meditative bubble.
These mindfulness tools are all designed to help you focus your mind, channel your creative energies, and escape when it all gets a bit much. You can also see our favourite mindfulness apps for a dose of mindfulness on the go.
Launched by former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe, Headspace now has millions of users in oner 190 countries. Comprising a website, app and book (Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day), Headspace offers plenty of resources, including themed meditation sessions on everything from stress to sleep, short ‘SOS’ exercises for emergencies, and tips for a mindful living approach.
Award-winning author Dr Danny Penman has produced ‘The Art of Breathing: The Secret to Living Mindfully’ as a guide to letting go and finding peace, simply by taking the time to breathe.
“Escapism, to me, is escaping from the ‘here and now’, whereas mindfulness is being fully connected to the present moment,” he explains. “Lots of clinical trials have shown that connecting to the present moment using mindfulness dissolves anxiety, stress and depression.”