Mindfulness has been practised for over 2,500 years and has recently spread across the globe helping people lead happier, healthier lives mentally, emotionally and physically.
How Mindfulness Works
The practice can be seen in two ways: formal and informal.
The formal practice usually involves sitting comfortably, yet alert and aiming to focus the attention in the present moment. Objects of focus include the body, the breath and one’s own thought process. This practice helps us notice how much the mind wanders. Then, with continual practice, we learn to manage our thoughts which improves wellbeing and increases focus on tasks. Furthermore, it supports us in being fully present when communicating with others.
The informal practice is where we bring mindfulness into everyday life. Simple activities like photocopying, commuting, washing up or preparing a meal can be done mindfully, aiming to keep the attention in the present moment. This can help decrease stress throughout the day and increase appreciation of little moments which are easily missed.
Has mindfulness been proven to work?
Yes. Over forty years of research suggests mindfulness practice can help people to manage stress and anxiety, boost the immune system, help us respond to difficult situations ‘mindfully’ rather than reacting irrationally or with anger, and improve emotional intelligence and communication skills. The evidence supporting the benefits of mindfulness is growing weekly as it is increasingly used to help people manage conditions as diverse as chronic stress and anxiety, depression, distraction, and relationship challenges.
The UK government have collated the scientific data on the benefits of mindfulness here: https://www.themindfulnessinitiative.org/
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They can be delivered through stand-alone workshops or as a five session course or coaching. Participants will follow a resource pack and have access to mindfulness downloads to practise at home.
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