The way we handle our feelings plays a big part in how we cope with challenging experiences in life. Mindfulness is a potentially life-changing way to alter our feelings in positive ways, and an ever-expanding body of evidence shows that it really works.
Mindfulness is already known to be successful in helping people with mental and physical health problems, from stress, depression and anxiety to chronic pain, eating disorders and concentration, boost our productivity at work, and give us a greater enjoyment of life.
Despite its proven successes, access to mindfulness is still limited. According to the Mental Health Foundation's surveys, over half of us say we'd like to attend free meditiation classes to help with stress, yet only one in five GP's is able to access mindfulness courses for their patients.
We want to make mindfulness-based courses available to everyone who wants or needs them and are campaigning for more recognition of the benefits of mindfulness by health professionals.
MBCT - Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) was designed specifically to help people who are prone to recurring depression. It combines mindfulness techniques like meditation, breathing exercises and stretching with elements from cognitive therapy to help break the negative though patterns that are charateristic of recurrent depression.
MBSR - Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction incorporates techniques such as meditation, gentle yoga and mind-body exercises to help people cope with stress. It gives people greater clarity on what is happening in their lives, improving problem-solving and boosting concentration. People who take a course in MBSR say that they feel more engaged in their work, more energised and less anxious. They sleep better and have fewer symptoms of stress.
Find out more about mindfulness and it's benefits by visitng the Be Mindful website where you can:
- watch videos
- test your stress
- listen to podcasts
- find out about courses in your area and the online course
- purchase a report or toolkit
- share your experience of mindfulness
- lend your support for increased access to mindfulness on the NHS