As we have mentioned in previous modules, mindfulness is an important skill for you to take from the SHADE program and practice in your everyday life. 

Mindfulness helps you step out of automatic pilot, which can often keep you in your negative cycle of depression.

Your take-home activity for the past week was to practice mindful walking for 10 minutes each day and record this on your Activity Log. 

You were also going to choose another routine activity from all the things you do in each day (such as showering, brushing your teeth, eating etc.) and practice mindfulness for about 10 minutes on this extra activity.

Hopefully you have managed to at least try this out over the past week.

Mindfulness is a new exercise that takes some practice to get used to. 

Other people who have been trained to use mindfulness have been distracted by thoughts such as: “I don’t think that I’m doing this right”, or “I couldn’t find the time, and I don’t see how this helps anyway”.  You may have even experienced some of these thoughts yourself in relation to the SHADE project.  You may have found that your mind wouldn’t stay still or that you became too upset to continue with the exercise for the full 10 minutes.