Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is being present in each moment. How does this help?
‘Mindfulness’ is being present, self-aware, and engaged in each moment, enabling us to experience life in a fully embodied way. If we are preoccupied with the past or future, we are then unable to wholly experience the present. Mindfulness can contribute to a calmer, less stressed and satisfied life.
There are many aspects of our daily lives that mindfulness can help with, such as helping develop more compassion for both ourselves and others, which in turn helps ground and focus our minds. There is a growing body of evidence that suggests if we practice mindfulness regularly, it can help reduce stress and burnout and assist us with making more appropriate decisions in our lives.
Mindfulness can also act as an internal thermometer for our thoughts and emotions and the physical effects that they have on the body. Thoughts create an emotion which in turn can have a physical effect on the body, if we use mindfulness, we can monitor these effects more closely. This complex relationship between our minds and bodies is called the mind-body connection.
Mindfulness helps us to be in the “being mode” instead of “doing mode” and this helps with the day to day experience of living. There is a body of evidence that if we practice mindfulness regularly this can reduce stress and burnout. Mindfulness can help rewire the parts of the brain associated with creative thinking and decision making. Mindfulness also affects the part of the brain that is associated with the flight or fight mode in a positive way so we are not living in a constant state of fear.
My enthusiasm for mindfulness led me to undertaking a work-based mindfulness course based on the Finding Peace in a Frantic World book. I have introduced mindfulness to a local NHS Trust, and raised the profile of mindfulness within two maternity departments that I had previously worked for. I have also taught mindfulness-based approaches and courses at the local hospice in a day care setting on a voluntary basis. I continue to volunteer at the hospice teaching mindfulness.
My passion for mindfulness grew and I successfully undertook a teacher training course to teach Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which I completed earlier this year (2023). I am now registered with BAMBA (British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches).
Being a Health Care Professional with extensive experience in supporting staff, women and families and teaching mindfulness in a hospice day care setting, I believe that mindfulness-based approaches can be a positive enabler.
I offer face to face, online and hybrid courses, either within a group setting or one to one course.