What is ‘mindfulness’?
If you lead a busy life it can be easy to rush from day to day without paying attention to what is going on around you, to neglect your own thoughts and feelings and to let your wellbeing suffer as a result.
Mindfulness is a technique used to focus on the present; to switch off, relax and unwind; to ‘stop and smell the roses’. Mindfulness can be likened to a gentle form of meditation in that it provides time and space for you to pay attention to yourself and the world around you, and to improve your mental wellbeing in the process.
How do Mindful Relaxation Classes help with mental wellbeing?
At the heart of mindfulness is the concept of being aware of the present moment; appreciating what is going on now can prompt us to look at the world in a different way, or to look with new eyes on things we have previously thought of as mundane or have taken for granted. Mindful Relaxation Classes teach us to recognise when things are becoming overwhelming or when we are focussing too much on things that don’t really matter, and to take ‘mental action’ to correct these feelings.
How do I ‘learn’ mindfulness?
We offer a four-week mindfulness relaxation course. Our counsellor, Brenda, takes a maximum of six participants through a combination of guided relaxation, breathing exercises and a gentle stretching programme. The class aims to reduce stress and tension and leave you feeling calm and relaxed.
At the end of the four weeks you can opt to book another four-week course, or you can take away all that you have learnt and apply it to your everyday life – you will have the tools you need to maintain mindfulness and promote your own wellbeing.
Can Mindful Relaxation Classes help with mental illness?
Mindfulness promotes mental health and wellbeing and can help to prevent some mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress. Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent a recurrence of depression in people who have suffered three or more bouts in the past. Mindfulness alone cannot treat mental illness but can be instrumental in recovery when used in conjunction with other treatments recommended by your doctor.
Mindful Relaxation Classes are also available as part of our Occupational Well Being Days.
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