Take Notice

Local walking routes

This is what Mind has to say about Taking Notice:

“Throughout our lives’ many of us will experience times where we find ourselves lost in our own thoughts. We may find that we are so busy making plans, going from task-to-task, going from one place to the next and pushing forward in many different directions that we don’t take time to reflect and take notice of the world around us. At other times in our lives, we may find that we aren’t very busy in the same way – but are occupying our minds with ‘doing nothing’; we can find ourselves worrying about the future and being bogged-down with unhealthy thoughts and negative feelings. In both cases, we can find ourselves not taking the time to pay attention to the present moment – the here and now. By taking notice and being in the present, we can improve our mental health and sense of wellbeing.”

What does it mean to ‘take notice’?

Taking Notice means actively bringing our mind’s attention and interest to the world around us and ourselves; what is going on externally to us and what is happening within us. Taking notice means being present in the moment; observing what’s beautiful or unusual in the world. It means being aware of our thoughts and feelings as they arise, without getting lost in them. It means savouring the moment whether you’re being active, connecting with a friend, learning a new skill, or giving to others.

The health benefits of green spaces

Research shows that access to green space is associated with improved mental and physical health and wellbeing. In particular, green spaces can:

  • improve your mood
  • reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, depression or anger
  • help you take time out and feel more relaxed
  • improve your physical health
  • improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • help you be more active (helping to lower body mass index scores, overweight and obesity levels)
  • help increase longevity in older people

I have been employed by Bridgend College for over 20 years. In that time I have educated and hopefully inspired over 2000 learners. I undeniably ‘live the dream’ in my role as Lecturer in Equine Studies. Bridgend College is a very good employer, always willing to support my career development and progression.

Proud to be a part of Bridgend College, it served me well when I studied my apprenticeship here. Glad I can pass on my expertise to present and future generations.