Mindfulness for Health
These courses are based on the Breathworks Mindfulness for Health programme and are designed for people experiencing long-term stress and physical health conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, ME, MS, diabetes, obesity and heart conditions. Half-day and full-day workshops and short courses are available.
We welcome organisations supporting care-givers and people experiencing long-term illness and chronic physical health conditions, long-term stress and other ongoing personal challenges.
- Reduced stress and anxiety levels
- Improved mood
- Greater capacity to cope with physical health conditions
- Improved sleep
- Renewed appreciation of positive things in life
- Greater sense of connection to others
- Sense of feeling supported
This course enables participants to gain a greater understanding of how to bring mindfulness into their life to manage personal challenges and restore calm and contentment.
Through mindfulness practice, participants learn to shift their relationship to their difficulties and gain a broader perspective on life’s ups and downs. There is an emphasis on recognising reactive patterns and learning to stop, pause and choose how to respond to situations. During the session, there are short mindfulness-based activities, either sitting, standing or lying down. All activities are optional and can be done in a chair.
Participants learn to use the breath and body to anchor and settle themselves at times of difficulty. Through mindful movement, they learn to notice their limits and edges, enabling them to recognise when it’s time to rest. Mindfulness practice teaches individuals to notice their thoughts, emotions, feelings and reactions, with a sense of kindliness, while letting go of any tendency to judge, criticise or analyse. Participants use a pacing diary to monitor the impact of their daily activities. This helps them to notice what is happening in their lives so they can develop a greater sense of awareness and self-care and rediscover ease, balance and calm.
There are opportunities for participants to reflect on their experiences in pairs or small groups. Groups are friendly and supportive.