Mindfulness for Everyday Living
Mindfulness is proven to lower levels of stress, anxiety and depression…
Masses of research papers and clinical studies have shown over and over again that the eight week Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR) course lowers levels of stress, anxiety and depression, as well as many other physiological benefits.
Sometimes our emotions get the best of us. No matter how much we try to be aware of our triggers and keep calm, there will probably be times we simply lose our cool.
We live in a day and age where people are consumed with daily pressure and overloaded with stress from work, family, finances and other obligations.
What do you do to cope during these moments of stress and frustration?
We all do the best we can yet sometimes we simply don’t have the necessary skills to do better. Mindfulness has been shown to be effective for by decreasing emotional distress and helping to reduce depression – though mindfulness IS also a valuable means for dealing with everyday pressures as well.
SONIA ALWAYS FALLING BEHIND IN HER WORK. SHE WAS SO CONUMED WITH WORRY THAT SHE WAS GOING TO DO IT WRONG THAT SHE NEVER SEEMED TO GET ANTHING FINISHED. . EVENTUALLY SHE STARTED TAKING SICK DAYS BECAUSE SHE COULD NOT FACE GOING INTO WORK .. SHE JOINED AN 8 WEEK MBSR PROGRAMME AND LEARNED QUICKLY THAT THOUGHTS WERE JUST THOUGHTS AND FACTS WERE FACTS . THROUGH MINDFULNESS SHE LEAREND TO STAY I N THE MOMENT AND OUT OF HER HEAD. SHE WENT BACK TO WORK HALF WAY THROUGH THE PROGRAMME.
Mindfulness and Pain Management
Millions of people suffer from chronic pain due to injuries or diseases, and pain management can be a tricky business. Living with pain is not only a physical strain—be it merely uncomfortable to outright debilitating – but is also an emotional strain as well.
Mindfulness Meditation actually changes the way the mind perceives pain so that it’s more bearable. It is a natural and effective way to ease physical pain.
The idea of being mindful of pain may seem counter-intuitive. Most people want to forget about their pain— they want to escape it, run away from it, wishing they could ignore it or get rid of it somehow. The problem is—ironically—that by fighting and struggling against it, and even by trying to ignore it, you create within yourself a state of ‘resistance to what is’ and that means stress.
HELEN HAD ONGOING SHOULDER PROBLEMS DUE TO A CAR ACCIDENT TEN YEARS AGO. SHE FOUND MINDFULNESS HELPED IN TWO VERY DISTINCT WAYS - IT ALLOWED HER TO RECOGNISE THE IMPACT Of STRESS ON HER LEVELS OF PAIN. SECONDLY IT HELPED HER TURN TOWARDS THE PAIN .THIS ALLOWED HER TO INVESTIGATE WHERE THE PAIN STARTED AND WHERE IT ENDED. SHE FOUND IT LESSENED HER PAIN BY UP TO 80 PER CENT
If you suffer ongoing pain I highly recommend you give this a try. What do you have to lose?
Mindfulness and Stress
Mindfulness is a great way of becoming more conscious of what’s actually happening in your body and developing healthy habits of being with and relating to external stressors. We discover that we have more choice and control than we realised and the way we interpret and translate the externals in our inner experience is really what determines our happiness or misery.