What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is about being in the moment, learning the skills to focus on the here and now. Observing without criticism and being compassionate with ourselves. Training the mind to be in the present moment, with whatever is happening whether it is good or bad. Perhaps one of the best definitions of mindfulness comes from Jon Kabat-Zinn. “Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally”.
- The World Health Organisation believes that depression, anxiety and stress will be one of our biggest global health problems.
- More than half of people who have one episode of depression will have another. Those who have a second episode have a further relapse risk of 70%. After a third episode the relapse is 90%.
- Worldwide – 121 million people will experience a depressive episode in a 12 month period.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Thousands of peer reviewed scientific papers prove that:
- Mindfulness is effective in addressing stress, anxiety and recurrent depression.
- It has been shown to improve the symptoms of physical conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Psoriasis.
- Enables participants to manage pain, enhances physical and mental well-being.
- Impact on social and emotional skills. The ability to feel in control, make meaningful relationships, be calm, resilient and compassionate.
- Mindfulness is now one of the preferred treatments recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.