Mindfulness-based courses for stress relief & wellbeing
Mindfulness Courses in Cheshire
The next mindfulness course for stress relief and wellbeing is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme and starts in January 2019, costing £250. Concessionary places at £165 are available. Please enquire if you are interested.
This mindfulness course can help you to learn new skills to manage personal challenges and access greater balance and calm. 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 research evidence to show that ongoing 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.
Mindfulness Course Information
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
- Increased ability to manage mood and emotions
- Improved sleep patterns
The aim is to enable us to manage life’s challenges more effectively, so that we can learn to respond to situations with choice and awareness rather than reacting automatically. Through experiential learning the course allows us to develop new skills to manage challenging physical sensations, feelings, moods or personal relationships by enabling a shift in the relationship to them. The problem may not change, but the impact can become more manageable.
This secular mindfulness course is primarily experiential with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation practice, mindful movement and self-reflection. The course involves 8 weekly sessions lasting 2 ½ hours, plus a day of mindfulness practice. There is an orientation session the week before the main course starts to enable you to experience the type of mindfulness practices and self-reflection that you will encounter on the course. To gain the most out of the course you are encouraged to undertake daily home practice lasting 45-60 minutes. During the course there will be opportunities for self-reflection in pairs and small groups, although there is no need to disclose personal information or share your experiences with the wider group if you do not wish to do so. Groups are supportive and friendly. There is no religious or spiritual content.
The course encourages participants to become aware of their moment by moment experiences (both good and bad) through mindfulness practice. Participants learn to become aware of changing thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, so that they can learn to recognise their stress triggers and choose how best to take care of themselves at times of difficulty.
Each week of the course there is a different theme. We look at how we tend to react automatically to situations and learn to recognise how our thoughts and internal chatter can influence our health and wellbeing. We explore how it is possible to take a new perspective when we bring patience, non-judgment and openness to our experiences, allowing us to have more choice in how we respond. Throughout the course we explore how we can bring mindful awareness into our lives from time to time, by slowing down, appreciating the good things and accepting the things that we can’t change.
We learn to tune into life moment by moment through guided mindfulness practice focusing on the sensations of the body and breath. During the course we explore mindfulness practices while lying down, sitting, walking, standing and moving. You’ll be encouraged to take care of your body and only do what feels comfortable for you. All activities can be done while sitting in a chair, if you prefer.
During mindfulness practice, you’ll be invited to notice thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations, with a sense of kindliness and self-nurture, letting go of any tendencies to be judgmental, analytical or self-critical. By learning to 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 either in pairs or with the group as a whole. Group work is friendly, supportive and confidential. Participants will not be asked to discuss or disclose personal information. There is no religious or spiritual content.
Mindfulness practice day
This course includes a day of mindfulness practice. This involves guided mindfulness practice with periods of silence during the guidance, a period of silence during the lunch and tea breaks and time for discussion and reflection at the end. There is an invitation to slow down and take care of ourselves.
Water, tea, coffee, biscuits and grapes are provided. During the session we move directly from one practice to another. The practice day is also open to non-course participants who have completed an 8-week mindfulness course with daily home practice.
Home Practice/ Mindfulness in daily life
Home practice lasts for 45-60 minutes and includes the Body Scan, Mindfulness of the breath and Mindful movement. The research evidence indicates that the more time spent practising mindfulness meditation, the greater the impact on stress reduction and improved health.
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 to support their health and wellbeing. People over age 18 are welcome.
If focusing your attention on your breath or noticing 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 and bring a yoga mat, pillow or cushion and warm blanket. If you might get a little uncomfortable lying on the floor, please bring a duvet or an extra yoga mat to lie on as well.