When times are hard, it can be difficult to think positively. Instead, people often get trapped in a cycle of negative thoughts, which can lead to recurrent episodes of depression. In fact, research shows that if a person has had one experience of depression, there’s a 50 per cent chance of them having another – and if they’ve had three depressive episodes, the risks increases to 90 per cent.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is designed to help people break free of the negative thoughts that can tip them into a recurrence of depression.
Typically consisting of two-hour group sessions over an eight-week period, MBCT courses involve a combination of mind-body techniques like meditation and breath work, alongside exercises from cognitive therapy, such as role-playing stressful situations.
You can experience the core elements of MBCT with our online mindfulness course.