Many people across the world are using mindfulness to cope with the pressures of life – and now Self Help are offering courses to teach the practice to adults across Manchester.
Mindfulness is a form of meditation about being in the present, which uses calming techniques.
It involves paying attention to things as they really are in any given moment, in a particular way, without judgement.
Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent depression in people who have had three or more bouts of depression in the past.
Research shows it can reduce stress and anxiety, as well as improve self-esteem and bring a greater calmness to those who practice it regularly.
Self Help are offering a 6-week Mindfulness course to teach exercises to Manchester residents who are struggling with a variety of mental health difficulties such as: stress, worry, anxiety and depression.
As part of the course, participants attend weekly 2-hour sessions and are given materials, including mp3s and handouts, to continue the practice at home, between sessions.
Since the course started in October 2016, over 70% of those taking part have reported an improvement in their feelings of anxiety and depression.
Amazed at the positive benefits they experienced, some participants added:
“It made me feel like me again, I’m functioning at work and at home”.
“It was amazing. The course has changed my life forever!”
“I feel stronger and better equipped.”
Nick Baldwin, Mindfulness facilitator at Self Help, added:
“Many people attend the course with curiosity, having heard a lot about mindfulness but not knowing what to expect.
“After a few sessions, participants are genuinely surprised at how effective, yet simple, the exercises are in promoting calmness and challenging negative thoughts and feelings.
It’s been great to see people use the techniques in a variety of creative ways, that best suit their lifestyle, to manage the daily stresses the modern world throws at them.”
Want to find some peace of mind?
The Mindfulness course is free to attend for anyone who is registered with a GP in Manchester. You can ask your GP to refer, or you you canself-refer online or call us on 0161 226 3871.