Mindfulness Courses in Cheshire
Mindfulness course for stress relief & wellbeing
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This 8-week secular mindfulness course offers new ways to help you to manage life’s ups and downs, improve your health and wellbeing and access greater calm. During the course we will explore various activities to develop mindful awareness and self-care. The course involves learning to tune into life moment by moment so that we can start to respond to our experiences, rather than reacting on autopilot. This can help us to feel more in control of the choices we make and enable us to rediscover a sense of contentment and ease. There is an emphasis on how to bring mindfulness into our daily life in a way that can really make a difference.
Benefits of mindfulness
Scientific studies have shown that mindfulness training can change both the structure and function of the brain for the better, enabling us to become more flexible and adaptable, more resilient and less stressed. There is scientific research evidence to show that ongoing daily mindfulness practice can lead to improved sleep patterns, reduced stress and anxiety, lower levels of inflammation, improved immune function, reduced blood pressure, improved mood and quality of life. People attending these courses have reported the following benefits:
- Increased ability to cope with short and long-term stress
- Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
- Increased ability to relax
- Improved self-confidence and resilience
- Greater compassion for ourselves and others
- Increased ability to manage mood and emotions
- Improved sleep patterns
- Greater focus and calm
This mindfulness course is based on the Breathworks mindfulness for stress course, integrating mindfulness and compassion-based practices, positive psychology, evolutionary biology and mindfulness-based activities in daily life. Audio recordings are provided to enable you to explore formal mindfulness practices at home.
What happens in the course?
Each week of the course there is a different theme. We look at how we tend to react automatically to situations and learn to respond with choice and awareness. We recognise how our thoughts and internal chatter can influence our health and wellbeing and explore how it is possible to take a new perspective when we bring patience, non-judgment and openness to our experiences. Throughout the course we learn to notice our patterns and habits, letting go of any tendency to be judgmental. There is an emphasis on how we can bring mindful awareness into our lives to restore a sense of calm, ease and wellbeing. The course involves learning to tune into life moment by moment through guided mindfulness practice focusing on the sensations of the body and breath or using movement with awareness either sitting, standing or lying down. All activities can be done while sitting in a chair if you prefer.
Mindfulness practice involves actively focusing our attention on the sensations of the body and breath, with a sense of kindliness and self-nurture, letting go of any tendencies to be judgmental, analytical or self-critical. You’ll be encouraged to take care of your body and only do what feels comfortable for you. You’ll be invited to notice thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. By learning to re-focus our awareness on our sensory experiences, we can switch our mind and body from stress reactivity to the ‘rest and recover’ mode, helping to restore a sense of balance and wellbeing in our life.
In each session there is an opportunity to reflect on what you have noticed. There is no religious or spiritual content.
Who is the course suitable for?
Mindfulness can help people experiencing work and life stress, lack of energy, low self-esteem and insomnia, as well as people who are facing difficult relationships or feel ‘stuck in a rut’. The course can also be beneficial for people who just want some time and space for themselves or want to boost their resilience, learn mindfulness and meditation or find a greater sense of wellbeing in their lives. People over age 18 are welcome. If noticing your breath or your thoughts and feelings may be very difficult for you, it may be better to wait before starting the course. If you are unsure whether this course is right for you, please feel free to call Wendy on 01606 556206 or 07795 243346 before making your application.
What do I need?
Please wear warm comfortable clothing.
About the Teacher
Wendy Broad is a qualified Breathworks mindfulness teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from Bangor University.