Mindfulness Day 2018

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You might not know it, but today is World Mindfulness Day!

Here at the Foundation, we have been advocating for mindfulness since 2010; we see it as a very valuable tool for protecting and sustaining good mental health.  Since then, we have established a specific website about mindfulness – BeMindful.co.uk and developed our own online mindfulness training course - bemindfulonline.com.

For many thousands of people, practicing mindfulness provides them with a very real way of feeling less overwhelmed by their life, difficult situations and experiences.  Some think it sounds a bit fluffy or unscientific but Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBCT / MBSR) are actually scientifically proven to help people have better sleep quality, reduce levels of anxiety, depression and stress and reduce the amount people chew things over in their minds (rumination).

Because of this, it’s great to know that thousands of people, like James and Lisa, have got so much from learning mindfulness:

“I thought, ‘How can breathing slowly and thinking ‘happy thoughts’ help me in the long term?’ However, my opinion of mindfulness completely changed after the session. It’s actually very empowering to know that I can control my reactions and feelings in any situation without others even being aware of it.” James, from West Yorkshire

“When I first heard the term mindfulness, I thought it meant to meditate. I’m not good at concentrating, so I thought it would be really hard for me to do. But now I use mindfulness every day as a way of checking-in with myself and asking ‘am I okay?’ Mindfulness has taught me to be kind to myself.” Lisa, a single parent living in Cheshire

We get similar feedback from people using the Be Mindful Online course

“I found the course to be a really useful introduction to Mindfulness and I have recommended it to many people. I particularly liked the mix of videos, audio recordings and written information, which made it feel interactive and hence more engaging than just reading a book. I now practise mindfulness most days and have found that I am more present and relaxed as a result.”​ Tina

“I have found the Be Mindful course helpful in a number of ways. It has helped me slow down and find more moments of stillness in my life. Also, it has helped me deal with stress and anxiety. It hasn't made these things go away, but it has enabled me to have a better attitude to them when they do occur. It has enabled me to respond, rather than react, to situations.”​ Stephen

We have also got some NHS Talking Therapies services (IAPTs) making it available to their patients and getting some great outcomes.  Here’s a video from Inclusion Thurrock, an IAPT service in Essex:

Finally, there are a number of workplaces making Be Mindful Online available for their staff to support their wellbeing. 

We’re pleased to have had the course recently featured in the latest report from RAND Europe, commissioned by Public Health England.

The report applied the Nesta Standards of Evidence framework and Be Mindful achieved a Nesta Level 3 score, only one provider scored above a Level 3 and the Be Mindful course was reported in the Top 5 of all interventions assessed!