From my own experience of living a busy lifestyle as a secondary school teacher and a parent of two active boys, mindfulness has become an essential part of my daily life.
Unfortunately I only discovered this after experiencing total burn-out. I was exhausted, suffering with acute anxiety and coping with several panic attacks everyday, meaning I was unable to work and deal with life.
Thankfully, I can now put all that behind me knowing that my daily mindfulness practice will keep me from ever being in that low place again, although at the time I thought I was trapped and nothing and no-one could help me.
I now feel relaxed, in control, confident, out-going and I love life and the wonders life offers. I am so passionate about passing on my knowledge and understanding of mindfulness that I trained with Mindfulness Now at The UK College of Mindful Meditation to become a qualified teacher of mindfulness.
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is a lifestyle, a way of being. To be mindful in your life is to be deliberately paying attention to emotions, thoughts, sensations, surroundings, sounds, tastes and sights, which ordinarily , due to our busy lives, may pass us by. Mindfulness is becoming more aware of the present time and physical and mental experiences that result from that moment. When being mindful we aim to be non-judgemental, kind and compassionate towards ourselves and to others, which in-turn boosts our own wellbeing.
The health/wellbeing benefits of practising mindfulness are:
1. The opportunity to alter feelings in more positive ways.
2. Learning how to relax.
3. Developing greater confidence and self-esteem.
4. Having better quality sleep.
5. Improved relationships, rapport and communication.
The benefits of mindfulness documented in clinical research are:
1. Stress reduction.
2. Reduced anxiety and depression.
3. Pain reduction.
4. Memory enhancement.
5. Improved concentration, clarity and focus.
Discover your inner strength and be TRUE to yourself
Being a teenager can be extremely stressful.
You may feel that so many people expect too much from you; friends, family, girlfriends/boyfriends, teachers, the media, society and perhaps you do too.
There are so many things to think about, to analyse; Does so and so like me? If I behaved like this could I get into that friendship group? I need to get these grades to do what I want. Why don't I look like that? Why did I say such a stupid thing?
Your mind could be constantly going around in circles, over-thinking circumstances, making you unable to focus on anything properly or even keeping you awake at night. We call this the 'monkey-mind'. The 'monkey-mind' can be extremely destructive and can lead to worry, stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks.
It may be hard to believe that simple 'mindfulness' techniques can help you combat against the 'monkey-mind' but it is scientifically proven.
Do you judge mindfulness as being soft? just for hippies? Or just not for you? Read on and see if I can change your mind.
MINDFUL MEN! OK, LET'S CALL IT 'MIND-TRAINING'
From my experience the gender that is generally attracted to mindfulness is women, men aren’t quite as attracted to it. Why? In the early days, the man’s greatest responsibility was to protect the tribe. Men's brains have been designed to guard against vulnerability. The physical threats that men were guarding against in the past are mostly no longer the threats of modern day. But the brain hasn’t figured this out yet and treats emotional vulnerability as a threat, keeping men from truly reaching their highest human potential.
"I had an amazing first of 8 sessions with the fabulous Claire today and I loved it! I am a massive fan of mindfulness and I am really going to improve my skills and of course my life with this fabulous course! Thanks so much Claire!"
"Claire is a beautiful, happy and welcoming soul, who has mastered mindfulness in everyday life through out the journey she has been on, she loves to share her understanding of this art form to help you on your own journey"
Thurs: Mindful Lifestyle Classes 7.30 - 9pm
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