Mindfulness for Stress
Modern life is increasingly stressful. Mindfulness is proven to relieve stress.
Our course will help you to:
- Use your time more productively.
- Make life more enjoyable again.
- Be really aware of the present moment, without worrying about what might happen in the future, or dwelling on what you could have done differently in the past.
You can be confident that learning mindfulness through the Mindfulness for Stress course can help you to do all those things, because the Mindfulness for Stress course has been proven to work.
Mindfulness for Stress has been developed by Breathworks, a leading mindfulness training and development company in the UK.
Living Well Mindfulness also runs a shorter course, Finding Peace in a Frantic World, developed by Professor Mark Williams from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
Who can Mindfulness for Stress help?
Mindfulness for Stress can help if you are experiencing stress due to work, family, relationships, bereavement or other factors beyond your control.
Or if you want to learn strategies to deal with the general complexity and pace of modern life.
How can Mindfulness for Stress help me relieve stress?
Mindfulness helps you to become aware of what’s happening in your body and mind, and in the world around you, in the present moment, as it happens.
This increased awareness brings many benefits. Mindfulness for Stress provides you with a wide range of stress management techniques. Mindfulness skills help you remain steady and grounded through life’s ups and downs and can therefore be very effective for stress management.
What does the Mindfulness for Stress course cover?
Our course provides you with a wide range of mindfulness techniques to reduce stress.
There are two key principles which underlie all aspects of mindfulness and run through the Mindfulness for Stress courses
- You will learn to live in the present moment and breathe into your experience, rather than tensing against it.
- You will learn to respond rather than react to your life’s circumstances
The Body Scan, which helps us to pay attention to the various sensations in the body, enabling a more 'embodied' awareness of ourselves than we usually have. Adopting a comfortable posture, lying down or sitting, we take our awareness through our whole body. Paying attention to the body in this way has the effect of quietening down our thoughts.
The Mindfulness of Breathing where we rest our awareness on the sensations of the breath entering and leaving the body. This has a calming effect, stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Mindful Movement which is a kind of moving meditation. We do some simple stretches, not so much to get fit as to really pay attention to what each movement feels like. Like the Body Scan and Mindfulness of Breathing, this allows us to get out of our head and to have a more 'embodied' awareness of ourselves.
The Kindness Meditation which is a development of the feeling aspect of mindfulness. Many people are critical of themselves and this is an added source of stress. If you can never live up to your high expectations, will you ever be able to relax? Research has shown that being strongly self critical does not help us to change for the better. On the contrary, developing kindness towards ourselves - and self compassion when we're suffering - helps to bring about the changes we wish to make. Then, when we've learned how to be kind to ourselves, we extend that to others. Kindness to self and others develops emotional resilience and is a great source of happiness.
One Small Thing. In addition to the more formal practices listed above, each week we introduce a small - 'micro' - practice that you can do in the midst of your everyday life. Doing something mindfully rather than without awareness, doing something slowly rather than habitually quickly, taking breaks (or at least a break!), accepting a difficult experience, noticing and letting in the good things that happen, trying to hold everything that happens within a wider perspective, responding rather than reacting to things and people.
We can't always choose what happens to us or how other people behave, but we can learn to have more choice in how we respond to life's events.
How long is the Mindfulness for Stress course?
The course is spread over 8 weeks.
The full course runs weekly for 8 weeks, with each session lasting 2.5 hours. Finding Peace in a Frantic World is a shorter course and runs over 4 sessions each lasting 3 hours.
Where does the Mindfulness for Stress course take place?
Our Mindfulness for Stress courses are run in Newbury, Midgham and Reading.
How many people are on a Mindfulness for Stress course?
Mindfulness for Stress works well in small groups of 8-10.
It is also offered individually on a 1:1 basis.
How much does the Mindfulness for Stress course cost and what does it include?
The full course costs £220, plus £20 for materials, which includes a handbook and three audio CDs or a flash drive.
You will be provided with audio CDs or MP3 downloads of the meditations so that you can practice at home and you will also receive a course workbook.
There are a limited number of concessionary places at £190 available. Please contact us before booking to enquire about availability.
There are a limited number of payment plans, available upon request. Please contact us before booking to enquire about availability.
Finding Peace in a Frantic World costs £150 + £10 for the course book.
Do I need to do anything else as part of the Mindfulness for Stress course?
Home practice is a very important part of the programme.
To achieve best results from the course we suggest that you set aside 20 to 40 minutes, on 6 days out of 7.
There will also be some course material to read each week.
Why do you offer Mindfulness for Stress courses in a group?
When learning mindfulness, it is very helpful to be able to share experience of learning the techniques with others who are at a similar stage in the learning process.
Previous course participants value the kindness and friendship of other people who understand what it is like to live with stress.
You will not be asked to share personal details with the group.
What evidence is there that Mindfulness for Stress will help me?
The Mental Health Foundation writes that there is increasing evidence that Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) could help to reduce our anxiety levels and teach us new ways to relieve stress.
- Research indicates that a person may experience up to a 70% reduction in anxiety, fewer visits to GPs, improvements to the immune system, less sleep disturbance and a reduction in negative feelings like anger, tension and depression.
- In 2010 they published a detailed report which shows evidence for mindfulness being an effective aid for stress-related mental health problems and stress-related physical conditions.
The Mindfulnet.org lists a vast amount of research which shows how effective mindfulness is to relieve stress and other conditions.
In addition to this, Holtzel et Al in 2011 found that people who regularly practise Mindfulness meditation show differences in the areas of the brain associated with decision-making, attention and awareness which are conducive to improved life quality.
Upcoming Mindfulness for Stress Courses
8 Week Course
Renewal Centre, Church Rd, Swallowfield, Reading, Berks, RG7 1TJ
Thursday 11th January to Thursday 1st March 2018
8 Week Course
Orchard Life, Midgham, Berkshire, RG7 5UU
Friday 12th January to Friday 2nd March 2018
8 Week Course
Newbury Wellbeing Centre,
6 Pound Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6AA
Tuesdays starting April 2018
10.30 – 13.00