ARE YOU OR YOUR TEAM STRESSED?
We can convince ourselves that feeling overly stressed is part of life and that we should just soldier on and pull ourselves together. But although some stress is normal, life doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Your stress is completely within your control, if you have the right tools to deal with it.
At Mindful Community we specialise in mindfulness training for resilience. Based in London, Surrey and the Kingston area we can support you or your organisation to thrive in an increasingly demanding world and have a focus on creating the mindfulness communities that lead to enduring behavioural change.
Stress has many causes but at its heart, stress is simply the reaction we have to challenging situations, whatever those situations are. But if we experience high levels of stress frequently, it can lead to burnout, impacting not only how effective you are but how happy you are.
Mindfulness practice brings a relaxed focused mind to everything you do. We identify the unhelpful and automatic patterns you may be repeating which are increasing your levels of anxiety. And we learn new ways to respond, so you can make wiser choices for a happier, healthier life that you control.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness gives you the ability to notice what is happening in your head without getting swept up by difficult thoughts, emotions or feelings. It gives you the ability to respond wisely to stress, reducing unpleasant symptoms.
It is an opportunity to rest the mind from its continuous internal chatter which can be challenging and tiring. Ultimately, it’s about feeling calmer and happier.
Check out this video by Dan Harris who gives an excellent explanation:
WHAT MINDFULNESS ISN’T
- Myth 1: Mindfulness is not religious, spiritual or a set of particular beliefs. It is evidence-based, secular, psycho-educational and based in scientific research. It is used by the NHS, in business globally, schools and the public sector to name a few
- Myth 2: Mindfulness is not emptying the mind or dreaming that things should be different. Mindfulness is accepting what is happening from moment to moment engaging with the full experience of life
- Myth 3: Mindfulness is not only for people who have a lot of time on their hands. Anyone and everyone can do it no matter how full life is. There are practices for every situation
- Myth 4: Mindfulness is not for people with busy minds. Everyone has a busy mind. Everyone experiences non-stop chatter. By noticing it you are on the road to a calmer, happier life so mindfulness is definitely for busy minds!
- Myth 5: Mindfulness is not only for people with mental health difficulties or those experiencing high levels of stress. It is a preventative strategy to help us deal with the challenges of everyday life and increasing levels of general wellbeing and happiness
- Myth 6: Mindfulness is not a quick instant fix. Like any new skill we want to learn it takes practice and commitment. The benefits are multiple and ultimately it is a commitment to your wellbeing and happiness
WHY DO MINDFULNESS?
Neuroscientists, psychologists, business leaders, HR and Health and Safety Professionals, to name but a few, are already convinced of the benefits of mindfulness. There is a growing body of evidence from leading scientific research institutes across the globe that prove mindfulness techniques help calm the mind, strengthen emotional intelligence and increase self-awareness – resulting in individuals making wiser choices and enhancing their way of living to become healthier, happier, calmer and more compassionate.
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