BeMindful.co.uk describe Mindfulness as an integrative, mind–body-based training that helps people to change the way they think and feel about their experiences – especially stressful experiences – and is recommended as a treatment for some people with mental health problems including stress, anxiety, and depression.
Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they’re better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.
Mindfulness can be practised by children, young people and adults. There are different ways to develop an understanding of, and how to practice mindfulness in daily life. Mindfulness can be practiced in person either through a group course or one-to-one with a trained mindfulness coach. There are online courses, books and audio too where you can learn through self-directed practice at home. You don’t need to be religious or spiritual to practise mindfulness – it can help people with or without religious beliefs.
The Be Mindful course was created so that anyone, anywhere, can easily and effectively learn to practice mindfulness in daily life and enjoy the benefits. To sign up to the free online introduction course please click on the Be Mindful logo above.
At HEADSPACE they believe that it’s important to look after the health of your mind and so they provide a mindfulness meditation service both online and via a mobile app to over 150 countries and in 12 different languages. HEADSPACE offers an interactive in depth paid service but alternatively you can access free 10 minute mindfulness meditation videos simply by registering. For further information please click on the HEADSPACE logo.
If you would like to find out further information in relation to Mindfulness, the University Counselling Service have recommended the following books: