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Mindfulness


Our Mindfulness for Wellbeing group sessions can help you learn new ways to relax, refocus and leave you feeling motivated.

There’s no need to book, just drop in. Sessions are free and open to staff and students.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing group sessions are held on Mondays from 12:00 - 12:50 at our Headingley Campus.

Headingley Campus dates and locations:

February 27 2017

Caedmon Hall 124

March 6, 13, 20, 27

Caedmon Hall G13

April 3, 24

Caedmon Hall G03

May 8, 15, 22

Caedmon Hall 124

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Caedmon Hall 124

July 3, 10, 17

Caedmon Hall G05

Mindfulness for Wellbeing group sessions are held on Tuesdays from 12:00 - 12:50 at our City Campus.

City Campus dates and locations:

March 7, 14, 21, 28

Portland 107

April 4

Portland 107

Join us and feel energised and alert throughout the term.

Mindfulness group sessions can help you:

Enhance physical and emotional wellbeing

Decrease stress

Improve memory

Enhance creativity

Assist concentration

Build emotional resilience

 

Mindfulness

Plus Icon What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is an evidence-based practice which involves turning our attention to whatever is happening in the present moment and observing it non-judgmentally. We often spend much of our time thinking about the past or planning for the future and we miss the richness of living in the present moment.

Our minds can be very busy, with constant chatter, which can sometimes be quite negative about ourselves, others and situations we are in. We can get so caught up in our thinking that we tend to live inside our own head. With all the distractions of mobile phones, computers, television and the internet we have lost some of our ability to 'be here now'. With our increasingly fast paced 24/7 lives, it can be really helpful to take some time out of our constant 'doing' to 'just be'.

Plus Icon Why learn mindfulness skills?

Of course we need to spend some time planning for the future, however we can waste a lot of energy engaging in fantasies about what may or may not happen, which can cause worrying and stress. We can also find our minds thinking about what has happened in the past and wishing it were different or we had behaved differently.

Mindfulness is not about getting rid of thoughts, but instead taking a step back and disengaging from them, observing them non-judgmentally. In   this way we break away from the spiral of negative thinking that can drag us down. With mindfulness practice we become more aware of activities of the mind, so we can then decide what is useful or unhelpful and take control back over our automatic habitual thinking patterns. We are coming off automatic pilot and developing a mental muscle to enable us to focus our attention on what we want to be focusing it on.
Plus Icon What are the benefits of mindfulness practice?

There is now a wealth of evidence demonstrating the effects of mindfulness practice on physical and emotional health and wellbeing; and in reducing

stress (www.mindfulnet.org).

The Mental Health Foundation report stated benefits such as 70% reduction in anxiety, better quality sleep, greater self-esteem, reduced tension, anger and depression. They also found that almost three quarters of GPs think mindfulness meditation skill would be beneficial to patients (www.mentalhealth.org.uk

Mindfulness practices are also being used by people suffering chronic pain and chronic health conditions, impacting positively on their quality of life (Kabat-Zinn, 2004). 

Reviewing the evidence for mindfulness, the Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group (MAPPG, 2015) has recommended that mindfulness be introduced in 4 key areas: health, education, the workplace and criminal justice system (www.themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk)

Plus Icon Benefits for students and staff

Regular mindfulness practice can result in increased concentration, focus and attention, energy and calmness (Christopher & Maris, 2010). Research by the Oxford Mindfulness Centre has found enhanced academic performance and resilience, reduced stress and anxiety.

However, some mindfulness practices may not be helpful for some individuals currently experiencing clinical depression or with a history of severe trauma or experiences of dissociation etc. since the practices involve turning our attention to our experiencing.

Plus Icon What happens in the mindfulness sessions?

The sessions are experiential with a variety of short practices such as gentle mindful movements, observation of the breath, body scan, mindful eating, mindful walking, observing an object mindfully. We will discuss the evidence behind why the practices are helpful and how to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. This isn't a therapy group so we won't be discussing personal issues, only the practice of mindfulness.

Plus Icon How big is the group?

The number of participants varies each week and we have space for up to 12 participants. Some individuals find it beneficial to attend every week and others attend as and when they wish. The sessions are flexible to accommodate this.

Plus Icon Is mindfulness practice religious?

Many religions embrace meditation and contemplation, however we will introduce the practices in a secular way, so it will not interfere with any spiritual or religious beliefs you may or may not hold.

Plus Icon Do I need to practice outside the sessions?

There is no specific requirement to do so, but you will feel more benefit if you do. Research has found that even 10 minutes practice a day can have measurable effects.


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