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(8-Week Mindfulness for Health & Happiness Course)

“I would recommend this course to anyone who is finding that life seems like a chain of events that has to be dealt with and managed;

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Laura    Sheffield, UK   
Laura    Sheffield, UK   
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(8-Week Mindfulness for Health & Happiness Course)

“I would recommend this course to anyone who is finding that life seems like a chain of events that has to be dealt with and managed; anyone losing sight of direction or meaning in their lives, or simply anyone who wants to make some new friends with whom to consider experiences of life meaningfully and with a sense of humour!

Before the course I had recently experienced some big changes in my life, and was struggling to deal with things as they came. Instead I got tangled up scheduling a hectic work life which left little time for me to be at peace with my own thoughts. The future in its mundane details seemed to comprise all of my experience. This meant I was struggling to identify with both simple positive feelings as they arose and also crucial and complex feelings of grief.

After the 8 weeks I found that I could now look to a selection of different mindful approaches to practical and emotional obstacles which enabled me to cope with trying situations. I ended up appreciating the world around me and that I could 'work with it' as opposed to against it; planning became less consuming and the details that could trigger anxiety troubled me less. I think this was because the course offered a gestalt, neutralising perspective on life and encouraged us to revel in experience and see things simply as they are, instead of categorise and scrutinise.

I have certainly noticed that my self-awareness has increased such that I am much more likely to be able to recognise when my mind is behaving badly. This could be negative thought patterns or anxious planning, or anything else that is detrimental to my wellbeing. In doing so I am able to see the situation for what it is (usually unimportant) and relax, and cope more productively.

It’s surprised me how dramatically my attitude towards things was altered for the better if I maintained a steady practice regime. And therefore how quickly one ‘falls out of mindfulness’, if practice is neglected.

I found it valuable being able to employ mindfulness in short bursts to manage high stress situations, and talking about mindfulness in a down to earth way. I enjoyed the course and its accessibility, flexibility, and the opportunity to discuss.”


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Mental Wellness and Mindful Eating

Given how hectic our daily life can be, it’s no big surprise that we often squeeze a bit more work into our work lunch breaks. Then, when we’re at home, our meals are often accompanied with whatever is on TV. For most busy people in our fast-paced modern world, it’s unusual for mealtimes are to be given the importance they deserve. They are rarely upheld and kept clear from distractions. This takes away the real pleasure of enjoying eating our meals in a healthy, relaxed manner.

This article from the Huffington Post explores some of the adverse effects of so-called “mindless eating.”   Read and decide for yourself if it’s worth changing your eating habits to improve your health, mood and overall satisfaction with life. 

Check out the link below and find out how being truly present at mealtimes can help improve our physical as well as mental well-being.

3 Reasons to Serve Mindfulness With Your Next Meal

How often do you mindlessly shovel down your meal, focused on a blaring TV or a spreadsheet on your computer? For many of us, this scenario probably happens more times that we would like to admit. Our days are crammed full of to-dos and distractions, and it’s hard to take a break to sit and simply “be” with our meal.

 

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