STRESS LESS & START LIVING
Have you ever walked or driven somewhere and then realised you were totally in your head and can't remember what you went past on your journey? It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment - to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you - can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Some people call this awareness 'mindfulness'. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better.
What Is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness can be defined as ‘the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally’.
It’s all about the quality of being present and fully engaged with whatever we’re doing at that moment, free from distraction, and aware of our thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them.
We train this moment-to-moment awareness through meditation, allowing us to build the skill of mindfulness so that we can then apply it to everyday life.
Meditation or Mindfulness?
Both! You can think of meditation as the training ground for learning mindfulness.
Meditation is where we practice training our attention, by paying attention to what’s happening in the here and now (i.e. body sensations, thoughts, emotions, our breathing).
At first we meditate to become familiar with being in the present moment for a limited period of time, and then over time this regular practice of being mindful helps up to develop the ability to be present in our everyday lives.
Benefits Of Mindfulness
Mindfulness can serve as the perfect antidote to healing stress that can sometimes undermine our mental wellbeing, physical health, performance at work, and quality of life.
It’s powerful because it can interrupt the habit of getting lost in thoughts, mostly about the future or past, which often generates more stress on top of the real pressures of everyday life.
Mindfulness isn’t a magic cure that totally eliminates stress or other difficulties, but by becoming aware of unpleasant thoughts and emotions that arise because of challenging situations, we have more choice in how to handle them in the moment, allowing us to respond in a more helpful way rather than react the same old negative ways.
For further information on whether mindfulness is right for you please read here.
What Can Mindfulness Do For Me?
Mindfulness can allow you to become more self-aware
It will help you to feel calmer and less stressed
You'll feel more able to chose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings
It teaches you how to be kinder towards yourself
Mindfulness helps you cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts
It's great at relieving anxiety
Mindfulness helps to lift and prevent low mood
It will help you recognise and stop bad habits
Mindfulness can boost your focus and attention
Science has shown it improves memory
Mindfulness cultivates better relationships
It's proven to reduce stress
Mindfulness was initially designed to help manage pain and illness
It can improve sleep
Mindfulness can boost creativity
Mindfulness (MBCT) Course
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is an integration of Mindfulness and CBT. Specifically designed for people struggling with depression and anxiety, the online course helps you to shift unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour.
MBCT allows you to learn how to respond rather than react, creating choice over how you respond to distress, whilst developing skills of what to do when low mood and anxiety arises.
£300 per course (x8 2 hour weekly sessions)
Next course: January 2021
Our online introductory workshop is for anyone new to mindfulness wanting to learn more about what mindfulness is and how it can help.
We'll combine mindfulness exercises with an overview of the science and evidence behind mindfulness, giving you a greater understanding of what it's all about and how it can be trained.
£20 per hour workshop
(plus a 10% discount off our MBCT course)
Next workshop: November 2020
1:1 Private Mindfulness
Mindfulness can be a wonderful tool for coping with the stressors of daily life and is a great way to improve your general sense of wellbeing. It can help you find your balance in the here and now, as well as help you become more resilient so you're better equipped to deal with any future challenges too.
If you're not sure where to start, or would like some extra support with your mindfulness practice right now, then you can book a private 1:1 online session.
£125 per hour session