Many people find it hard to cope with the pressures of modern living. Every day, a quarter of a million people miss work because of stress, with 75 per cent of all illnesses thought to be stress-related. And when times are hard, It can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
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. You can find out more about this on the introductory sessions of our online mindfulness course.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction
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Proven to prevent recurrent depression, find out how Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) could help you or someone you know.