Mindfulness for Anxiety

Mindfulness for Anxiety

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This Mindfulness for Anxiety workshop will introduce you to the ways in which mindfulness can help with anxiety, and will provide an introduction to those considering attending an 8-week mindfulness course.

The experience of anxiety is a fundamental aspect of being human. It is a biological imperative, without which it would be hard to be motivated and get things done. At times however, anxiety restricts our potential and can even become debilitating. Mindfulness-based approaches have been shown to significantly improve our capacity to reduce anxiety. With practice, mindfulness can help us recognise how we become entangled in streams of worries, self-criticism and ruminative thinking, and slowly learn to break free from these patterns to improve our well-being.

This one-day workshop will explore:

  • What mindfulness is and how it can be trained;
  • How mindfulness can support you in managing anxiety more effectively;
  • Mindfulness practices to support you in developing a kind and compassionate relationship to yourself.

The day will be primarily experiential, interactive and underpinned by theoretical perspectives. It will include a variety of mindfulness practices including some gentle movement. No prior mindfulness experience or knowledge required.

Resources

  • Julie Myerson: how mindfulness based cognitive therapy changed my life: http://bit.ly/1aR2Ytz
  • Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders: http://bit.ly/2IzC8ib
  • The Mindful Nation Report: the UK’s first policy document of its kind, which puts forth recommendations to use more mindfulness interventions to address mental health concerns across all areas of UK society: http://bit.ly/1jRhvk4
  • Blog post -- Four ways mindfulness eases anxiety and depression: http://bit.ly/2j6RQZI