We thought that we’d just write a few words on the concept of mindfulness, a secular form of practice which can help to ease stress – why don’t you take a free stress test? http://www.bemindful.co.uk/mbsr/test
This is a form of meditation which isn’t all about mystical chanting and insence; instead, it’s approachable and modern.
Our friends at Headspace promote mindfulness through their wonderful seminars and presence online. We loved our Headspace experience and thoroughly recommend that you sign up.
We’ve also just come across another great site: http://www.bemindful.co.uk – find their useful explanation of mindfulness below:
Many people find it hard to cope with the pressures of modern living. Every day, a quarter of a million people miss work because of stress, with 75 per cent of all illnesses thought to be stress-related. And when times are hard, It can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.
Practising mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It’s proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.
Anyone can learn mindfulness. It’s simple, you can practise it anywhere, and the results can be life-changing.
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
There’s increasing evidence that MBSR could help to reduce our anxiety levels and teach us new ways to manage stress. The results of various clinical studies and research speak for themselves, highlighting benefits such as:
- A 70 per cent reduction in anxiety
- Fewer visits to your GP
- An ongoing reduction in anxiety three years after taking an MBSR course
- An increase in disease-fighting antibodies, suggesting improvements to the immune system
- Longer and better quality sleep, with fewer sleep disturbances
- A reduction in negative feelings like anger, tension and depression
- Improvements in physical conditions as varied as psoriasis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
The evidence in support of MBSR is so strong that almost three-quarters of GPs think it would be beneficial for all patients to learn mindfulness meditation skills.
If you are interested, go on the be mindful site and find a course near you!http://www.bemindful.co.uk/learn/find_a_course