How are you?

I was walking in the park the other day, the sun was shining and the leaves are a beautiful range of oranges and reds. My head was full of things to be done when I got back to my desk and I was in my own world when suddenly a complete stranger walked passed me smiling and said “how are you today?”.   

As they walked on I asked myself: 

‘Yes Alison, how are you today, right now?’ 

So I sat on a bench and took a moment to look around me at the beauty around me. I listened inwards to what was going on with myself, the good and the not so good and I felt better for it. I am so grateful to that person for bringing my mind back into the here and now.  

We all know the importance of good mental health and in these challenging times it has never been as important. If we focus too much on the past and things that have happened we run the risk of regret and depression. If we look to far ahead at the moment it can cause anxiety.

During this pandemic we are best placed to evolve and thrive if we stay in the present, focusing on what is happening in the ‘here and now’. Enjoy the positives and be kind to yourself when things don’t go quite according to plan. 

Make time each day to stop, look around you and ask yourself “how are you right now?” Appreciate your surroundings and listen to your body and mind, it makes a difference.

Don’t forget to ask others too, you never know when they might need a nudge to pull them back into the ‘here and now’.  

Alison Burgess

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