So I get asked many times what mindfulness is and how will it help me?
Firstly let me explain what mindfulness is. Mindfulness is a modern concept that describes the adoption of a new mindset, which can measurably alter one’s outlook and mood, and is used as an empowering tool in the self-management of anxiety and stress.
If mindset and exercises are applied and reinforced on a daily basis, the result becomes a feature of your life and there does, over time, create a permanent change.
Looking at mindfulness alone, it is a mental state that is achieved by focusing one’s awareness in the present moment, which calmly acknowledges and accepts one’s feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations. So it is a practice of being aware in every possible moment and observing your own bodily and emotional responses.
Research shows that regularly practising mindfulness can improve well-being,
lower stress and lead to improved psychological functioning.
A State of Mind
There are three main concepts used when practising mindfulness:
Awareness; this is nurturing an awareness or an objective noticing or observing in every given moment
Non-judgement; this is adopting a non-judgemental mindset on any given situation
Living in the present moment; this is keeping a sense of living in the moment, without habitually reflecting on the past or worrying about the future
With mindfulness, we also learn to cultivate a positive
and grateful attitude, as well as letting go of the need
to be right which is coming from the ego
We will teach you in-depth how to fully embrace these concepts, how to live in the present moment, how they make you feel, and how to acknowledge these feelings
For example, with awareness, we can choose to focus on negative, worries or past hurts, or we can choose to live in the moment keeping our thoughts clear and focused
These sessions will last approximately 45 - 60 minutes depending on the session itself
These sessions can be as part of a group session or can be individualised sessions
In conjunction with MenoHealth UK, MenoMindfulness sessions will last approximately 30 minutes, which will be held weekly
The sessions are delivered in a way that you will be able to bring the mindfulness practice into your everyday life
Mindfulness can also be used within the workplace, providing personal guidelines for stress reduction at work and as a management tool for stress reduction and team-building
Please contact us for more information about 'Mindfulness in the Workplace'
Group / 1-2-1
Please note:- Therapy sessions will be coming soon and we will update you when this becomes available
Techniques that will be shared so that you can practice these outside the sessions will include:
Mindful Meditation is the practice of being still, focusing on your breathing while being in the moment with an accepting mindset
Mindful Hand Awareness Exercises
Music Stimuli Exercises
Full Sensory Awareness Exercises
Can Mindfulness be used
as a Therapy?
The short answer to this is yes, and a Mindful practice can support any medical treatment already being used as the NHS state that; 'Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
as a way to prevent depression in people who have had
3 or more bouts of depression in the past.
Mindfulness can also help in the following areas, Panic Attacks, OCD, Depression and Addiction. Please contact us for additional information on varies types of Mindfulness Therapies such as MBCT and MBSR.
How will I feel after a Mindfulness Session?
Within the mindfulness practice, you observe the flow of inner thoughts, emotions and body sensations.
People have said that they feel very centred and a feeling
of serenity. Often people recall this as a sense of
feeling calm and focused.