Mindfulness and Wellbeing

The term Mindfulness refers to an awareness of what is happening both inside and out of our bodies and minds. It is about appreciating the world around us and prioritising things that are important to us such as time with friends, music or a connection with nature. It is also about ensuring we take care of our mind and body.

Taking care of your mind and body should always be a priority, but the importance that is placed on it should be even stronger after experiencing rape or sexual abuse. People often think of the mind and body as separate things when in fact they work together, both influencing the other.

In order to have a healthy mind, it is important to have a healthy body as well. Plenty of sleep, good food made with lots of fruit and vegetables and exercise are all essential in improving your sense of wellbeing. We know that it can seem daunting, or even impossible to achieve these things when coming to terms with a rape or sexual abuse. But by doing these things, they will help your mood to improve and increase your strength both emotionally and physically.

It is common for people to use drugs and/or alcohol to try and erase painful memories, but in the long term this can quickly become destructive rather than helpful. Meditation is an extremely useful and effective way to cope with upsetting thoughts and memories that is also good for your body. You can find out more about it in our meditation section.

If you’d like to learn more about mindfulness, you can find insightful and useful information on websites such as NHS Choices and Be Mindfull.


Meditation is a time we take to sit quietly and let the mind relax. The constant stream of thoughts that run through our mind can often become overwhelming. Meditation enables us to let those thoughts quieten and soften, allowing us to find a stillness and ease which helps us with our daily thoughts and activities.

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Whether or not you want to go to the police to report rape or sexual abuse can be a difficult decision to make. We have used this section to include helpful information about the process of reporting to the police to help you make the choice that is best for you – this should be your decision and you shouldn’t feel pressured either way.

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