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Mental Health Week 2017: How mindfulness can brighten your mood

October, 12, 2017

Horwich Farrelly is today encouraging its 750 employees to focus on ‘mindfulness’ as part of the firm’s Mental Health Week, with a colourful giveaway.

Mindfulness can be described as “knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment” which can not only help us enjoy the world around us, it can also better understand ourselves.

Woman colouring in book

According to the NHS practicing mindfulness can have a positive impact on wellbeing as when we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted.

Practical examples include breathing exercises, listening to others more attentively and taking steps to get closer to nature, such as going on a hike.

Brightening your mood

Whilst it may seem childish to some, research has suggested colouring in books can provide some therapeutic benefits in terms of reducing anxiety, creating focus and bringing about mindfulness.

That’s why today, on the penultimate day of the firm’s Mental Health Week, Horwich Farrelly is giving all its people an adult colouring-in book and a set of coloured pencils.

Thomas Reynard, Chief Executive Officer, said “Whether it’s being tickled pink, feeling blue or being green with envy it’s incredible how many times colour comes up when we’re talking about our feelings and emotions. However, given the rise in the number of adults turning to colouring-in books – an activity once confined to children – perhaps it’s not so unusual after all.

“Whilst today’s initiative is designed to be a bit of fun, we also hope that we can encourage our people to be more aware of the role of mindfulness in promoting good mental health and that the next time someone feels off colour – whether at home, on the commute or on a lunch break – that they’ll unleash their inner Picasso.”

Other initiatives this week include the announcement of a mental health first aider programme, asking employees to make a pledge to improve their wellbeing and a mental health myth-buster quiz.

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