Mindfulness in Brighton - 8-week courses in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness courses have become increasingly popular in recent years, with their enormous benefits in reducing stress and anxiety and increasing our ability to appreciate and enjoy life. Mindfulness can also help if you are feeling that life is moving too fast and your mind is all over the place, and that you would like to be able to slow down and live in the moment.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the practice of deliberately paying attention to your experience in the moment, with a curious and open mind. We pay attention to our body sensations, to sounds, moods and emotions. You do not need to 'clear your mind' in order to practice mindfulness; everyone's mind is full of thoughts. Thoughts are not a problem but negative thought patterns can become problematic when we believe them; by paying attention to the physical experience, thoughts lose strength and we learn to 'step back' and get some perspective.
Mindfulness for managing stress, anxiety and depression.
Stress, anxiety and depression are common problems, in fact everyone experiences some form of stress at some point in their lives. Mindfulness reduces the level of stress or anxiety to more manageable levels and gives you tools to work with stress, anxiety or depression when they do arise. It helps with depression by giving you tools to not engage in rumination, or obsessive thinking about what's wrong.
8-week mindfulness courses have been proven again and again to help many people manage or reduce such common difficulties as stress, anxiety and low mood or depression.
There is a sizable (and growing) body of medical research that demonstrates the benefits of mindfulness courses: in reducing stress, anxiety and panic attacks, reducing the risk of relapse into depression, in improving sleep, improving concentration, improving relationships of all kinds, learning to live with tinnitus, learning to live with chronic or serious illness or pain and helping with disordered eating. In my years of teaching I have seen significant improvements in course participants in all of these areas.
Helping stress in the workplace
For many people, their workplace is a major source of stress. Many workplaces, including Google and Transport for London, are now running courses for staff. If you would like to discuss having a mindfulness course at your workplace, please get in touch.
I first came across mindfulness in 1997 and soon started to notice how much better I felt when I practiced regularly. In 2008 I heard about the MSc programme at Bangor University and enthusiastically joined up, keen to learn to share mindfulness with others. I started teaching in 2009 and completed the MSc in 2013. In that time I have taught the 8-week course over 60 times to a wide range of participants of all ages and from all walks of life. I love teaching people how to calm themselves, manage difficulties and be kinder to themselves. I am fully insured and supervised and follow the Good Practice Guidelines.