It’s a new year and for a lot of us, that means a fresh start. Many of us enter the new year determined to become fitter, healthier, or aim to give up our vices. Mindfulness and meditation could be the perfect tool to help us with those goals.
There seems to be a lot in the press at the moment about mindfulness, but mindfulness is not a new idea. Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. It helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, we’re better able to manage them.
Practising mindfulness can give people more insight into their emotions, boost their attention and concentration and improve relationships. It’s proven to help with stress, anxiety, depression and addictive behaviours, and can even have a positive effect on physical problems like hypertension, heart disease and chronic pain.
In November 2013 the University of Oxford published research that shows that our online mindfulness course reduces anxiety by 58%, depression by 57%, and stress by 40%.
Anyone can learn mindfulness, but it takes some training and practise to really get the hang of it. We offer group meditation classes all through the year except during school holidays, on a Thursday night at 7pm, led by Craniosacral Therapist Philip Humphereys. Classes are kept to a maximum of 6 people per class and cost just £5 per session.
If you’d like to make 2015 the year that you start practicing mindfulness, contact us at the clinic to join one of our classes.