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Mental Health Foundation: Mindfulness

Mindfulness is an integrative, mind-body-based approach that can help you manage your thoughts and feelings, and change the way you relate to experiences.

The evidence-base for mindfulness is growing, and there’s room for it in a wide variety of settings. We offer an online mindfulness course which is backed up by research from Oxford University. The study found that, on average, there was a 58% reduction in anxiety levels, a 57% reduction in depression levels and a 40% reduction in stress levels among people who completed the course.

Mindfulness exercises are ways of paying attention to the present moment, using techniques like meditation, breathing, and yoga. Training helps people to become more aware of their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations so that instead of being overwhelmed by them, they are better able to manage them. Practising mindfulness can give more insight into emotions, boost attention and concentration, and improve relationships.

Mindfulness can be practiced by children, young people and adults. There are different ways to practice mindfulness. Group courses run to practise mindfulness in person and there are online courses too where you can learn through self-directed practice at home. You don’t need to be religious or spiritual to practise mindfulness. It can help people with or without religious beliefs.

Mindfulness is recommended as a treatment for people with mental ill-health as well as those who want to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

There are also different sorts of mindfulness meditation which can help people in different ways. Evidence shows compelling support for Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which helps people to cope with stress, and for Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), which is designed to help people with recurring depression. They provide a flexible set of skills to manage mental health and support wellbeing.

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