Who can benefit from Mindfulness?
Will a Mindfulness course be for you?
As an approach, Mindfulness in some form can be helpful for those coping with stress, anxiety, depression, addictions and pain management, but it is useful not only for those with specific health problems, but can be used by anyone to help them live life to the full.
Will a mindfulness approach be useful to you?
- Do you feel out of control or ‘driven‘ – like a hamster in a wheel and not able to jump off and perhaps overwhelmed
- Do you feel ‘on automatic pilot‘ – surviving, rather than fully living each moment of life?
- Do you blame yourself or others for how you are feeling?
- Do you give yourself the kindness and care you extend so genuinely to others?
- Are you living in your head, noticing patterns of habitual reactions, persistent preoccupations of thought, lowered mood, raised stress or anxiety?
- Do you feel stuck in familiar unhelpful patterns?
- Or do you just feel there could be more to life?
There are a few cautions – if someone is going through a great trauma and crisis in their lives then Mindfulness is probably going to prove too much. Almost like trying to run a marathon without having put in the training schedule!
It might be helpful to speak to me about which avenue to take, whether it is 1:1 Mindful Therapy, an Introductory Day, an 8 week Mindfulness course or a retreat. See “courses” for descriptions and dates.
There is a growing body of evidence that demonstrates the positive effects of mindfulness.
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (MBSR) has proved helpful to reduce Stress and other health conditions while the Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course helps prevent recurrent depression
- Mindfulness meditation has been shown to affect how the brain works and even its structure. See literature (Davidson and Lazar papers)
- People undertaking mindfulness training have shown increased activity in the area of the brain associated with positive emotion – the pre-frontal cortex – which is generally less active in people who are depressed.
- More than 100 studies have shown changes in brain wave activity during meditation and researchers have found that areas of the brain linked to emotional regulation are larger in people who have meditated regularly for five years.
- Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy can, on average, reduce the risk of relapse for people who experience recurrent depression by more than 40%
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been developed and studied since the 1970s for its impact on mental health, producing reductions in anxiety (by 58%) and stress (40%)
- Individuals with “problematic” levels of stress found significant improvement in perceived levels of stress over a mindfulness course.
- Mindfulness learning is a cost-effective and accessible treatment for individuals.
(Source: The Mental Health Foundation)