Mindfulness for Stress

“I’m much more able to cope with difficult experiences and situations. I’m able to react in a much calmer manner and not catastrophise so much”

Louise, March 2020

 

Do you often feel stressed out by work, relationships or the general ups and downs of life?
 
 
If you feel like you’re always racing through life and can’t seem to catch your breath, then this Mindfulness for Stress course could be for you. You will learn practical tools for coping with challenges, reducing tension and boosting your well-being.

Stressful things happen to all of us and often we can’t do very much about them. Mindfulness helps us to deal with stressful situations by coming back to what’s happening right now. Ok, so you might still be under pressure to get that job done, you may still be stuck in that traffic jam or the weather may be awful – again! But that’s all.

Mindfulness will help you discover that you don’t have to live with all the unhelpful thoughts and feelings that our minds tend to throw up in reaction to stressful experiences. Mindfulness practice doesn’t get rid of problems – while we’re alive we’ll always have problems – it helps us to change our relationship with them.

Benefits regularly reported by students completing this course include:

– feeling less stressed
– better sleep
– less physical tension
– ruminating less
– feeling more connected to others
– better able to manage challenges when they arise
– greater quality of life.

Courses are 8 weeks long and are currently running online. Students receive a pack of CDs/audio downloads of guided meditations for home practice, a copy of The Little Mindfulness Workbook by Gary Hennessy, and a home practice journal.

“Sally has a wonderful sense of calm when she speaks. She is reassuring and supportive, and inspired us to find out more with the many resources she provided. The further reading and links to meditations have been enormously helpful. She communicates with calm and teaches with consideration. A wonderful presence, welcoming, non-judgmental, and a thoughtful listener. I will miss our weekly meetings, the group was also very supportive of each other.”

Kate, March 2021

“I feel that I have gained a range of techniques that I can use to help manage the stress and anxiety that stems from work and home life. I feel that I am better equipped to recognise the signs that I am getting stressed or anxious about things and deal with them.”

David, March 2021

“I have felt an inner calmness developing. I have realised how important self-care is and have plans to ensure I continue my own self-care. I’m pacing myself and appreciating more of what I used to take for granted.”

Linda, November 2020

“I have a better sense of how to ‘be’ in the moment, how to be present and experience the world around me rather than being in my head always planning and always doing and planning”

Julie, March 2020

“an excellent eight week course that I would be very happy to recommend to others”

Ian, November 2018

“By practising what we learnt I have become calmer and am beginning to feel happier too. Thank you for the opportunity to do this course”

Lorna, November 2017

Next online course starts May 2021 and is FREE for Oxfordshire residents thanks to support from The Mix and their funding partners.