Positive Psychology Learning was delighted and honoured to be asked to participate at the UAE Happiness Journey event 2018. You can read about this HERE.

During our presentation ‘Mindfulness Matters NOW!’, we spoke about the importance of being mindful in the moment and how the use of personal technology, especially mobile phones can rob us of our happiness if we are not careful.

Lee Newitt shared a powerful story about a little girl who coped with her anxiety after being taught the acronym, S.E.L.F.I.E. which was part of Seahorse Education Partnerships CIC ‘Amazing Me’ programme. This easy to learn mindful practice can be used by anyone to facilitate the experience of spending a few minutes, or longer in mindful meditation. What I think is so great about this, is that most of us are aware of how to take a ‘selfie’ on our phone and we can reframe this as a reminder to be mindful each time we pick up our mobile phones. If we make the commitment to practice the S.E.L.F.I.E. technique first thing in the morning and/or last thing at night, we can develop and include a healthy mindfulness practice into our everyday life with little effort.

Use the S.E.L.F.I.E. acronym to remember to  –

STOP: Stop what you are doing and pause.

EYES: Look, what do you see now that didn’t see before?

LISTEN: Ears, what can you hear now that couldn’t before?

FEELING: What are you feeling right now?

INHALE: and EXHALE: Notice your breath

Please try this (maybe now?). If you only spend one minute doing this, you will undoubtedly feel the benefit. I’ve done this so many times now that it has become an automatic habit that I do whenever I turn my phone on or switch it off. Why not make taking a S.E.L.F.I.E. part of your daily practice?