Mindfulness has been shown to help people with mental and physical health problems, from stress, anxiety and depression to chronic pain, eating disorders and concentration. It can also improve productivity at work, and help people to enjoy their lives more.
It is not meditation or clearing the mind – it is more about a person looking at how they feel and think about their experiences and reacting to stressful situations – in a way that helps them to be mentally healthy.
Mindfulness is a tool people can use to look at the way they feel and think about experiences and their lives. It can be used by people of all ages and from all backgrounds and is proving to be an effective way for people to cope with the pressures of life.
One advantage is that it can be practiced anywhere and for any length of time from just a few minutes to a few hours. There are no appointments, no pills to take and it can be tailored by the individual to meet their own personal needs and circumstances.
Mindfulness based stress reduction has proven to be an effective way to help people cope with stress and mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommended treatment for recurrent depression.