Mindfulness

Mindfulness

Are you constantly chasing your tail?

Mindfulness Helps People find Peace & Calm and a Greater Sense of Well-being

Are you one those busy people who are rushed off your feet, scrambling around, constantly on the go, never feeling like everything is done, that there is never enough time in the day, feeling tired, exhausted, stressed out and fed up most of the time.

If so, I guess you know what its like when any moment of relaxation seems never to last quite long enough before the next wave of worries or things to do, creep up on you blasting a way any feeling of calmness.

Some caring colleagues or family members tell you to just slow down and relax, to take some deep breaths and try to do less ( if only you had the time and it was that easy). You’ve heard it all before or read it in some American self help book, telling us to just think positively, switch off, time manage better, and delegate more. Well if you are like me, you’ve tried all these things and probably also found that it doesn’t work.

You may be asking- why is it so difficult to work out a way to be less stressed in a busy world. How can you get out of the constant doing mode into the human being mode. The answer is mindfulness. Mindfulness has recently become very hip which is great because it is certainly profoundly nurturing and life – transforming for those who undertake it.

Over the last few decades more and more scientific research has been conducted to investigate the effects of mindfulness practice on our brains, minds, emotions, behaviors,  functioning and bodies. This research is showing us how mindfulness can effectively help many difficulties such as depression, anxiety, stress, psychosis, body image, attention and memory problems, low self-esteem, work-related stress, psoriasis, acute and chronic pain,  and relationship problems. After eight weeks of regular practice, research has proven that mindfulness can dramatically improve our well – being and performance in many areas of our modern and busy lives.

More and more people are now  recognizing the benefits such as:

  • To de-stress and relax;
  • To build resilience in the face of inevitable daily stress;
  • To free up our creativity, improve our performance, and efficiency;
  • To tap into our natural source of physical and mental energy;
  • To truly create the effective, efficient, meaningful and fun reality that we want for ourselves.

By regularly practicing mindfulness you can expect to: If you decide to find out what this hip thing called mindfulness is and see me 1-1 or attend one of my mindfulness courses and start to practise mindfulness regularly -let me warn you – it will change your life ( in a good way). You can expect to manage your stress and busyness both at home and at work with much more ease and efficiency. By regularly practicing mindfulness you can expect to:

  • Feel happier and more contented
  • Improve your motivation and energy levels
  • Be more productive and effective
  • Improve your mental and physical stamina
  • Boost your immune system and improve your general health
  • Decrease your stress and chances of other mental health problems
  • Improve your memory and concentration
  • Enhance your intuition and creativity
  • Enhance your communication skills and enjoy more fulfilling re relationships
  • Create a more enjoyable, meaningful and fulfilling life

The programme I run is called Mindfulness Now and is a fusion of the key elements from MBSR ( Mind based stress reduction) and MBCT ( Mind based cognitive therapy). The programme is flexible and aimed to meet the needs of individuals on a one -to-one basis or groups within companies. The programme could simply be once a week group mindfulness sessions- ( one hour)

  • Mindfulness breathing into wellbeing
  • Mindfulness for stress reduction

Alternatively the programme can be a lot more involved-

  • Individual, personalized, one–to–one mindfulness sessions
  • Group sessions- twice weekly
  • Individual dedicated MP3 recordings
  • Eight week teaching mindfulness and support programme.
  • The Gift- a day – long mindfulness retreat for groups

Mindfulness is now being recognized as a highly effective way to increase staff well-being and performance not only by the likes of Apple and Goggle but now by progressive SME’s in the UK that fully value good moral, motivated and creative individuals within their organizations.

As a therapist I talk about some of the more common problems that busy people come to see me about- such as burnout, tiredness, stress, physical aches and pains, anxiety and depression. All too common problems all busy people have. I demonstrate how Mindfulness can help you just as it has helped many of my clients.

Having been involved in the corporate world for 30 years as an MD, I am aware of the pressures. I have used this background to put together a meaningful and practical course, helping clients to de-stress, find their own unique space of calm and prepare them for whatever life throws at them (good or bad).

If you decide to find out what this hip thing called mindfulness is and see me 1-1 or attend one of my mindfulness courses and start to practise mindfulness regularly -let me warn you – it will change your life ( in a good way). You can expect to manage your stress and busyness both at home and at work with much more ease and efficiency. For your interest this is what the late Steve Jobs said about mindfulness…

“ If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is”, Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson. “If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does , there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and being the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline, you have to practise it.”

Stress is a major cause of both short and long term absences from work. Stress, anxiety and depression are the second most commonly reported illnesses in the British workforce. Stress related health problems such as insomnia, headaches, and weight issues, smoking and drinking seriously effect work performance. According to the HSE 360 million working days are lost annually in the UK and half of these absences are stress related. The cost of sick days in the private sector averages £656 per person a year, (CIPD) and in the public sector it is even higher. Unmanaged stress can even leave employers liable for damages.

These are good reasons why investing in employee health and well being makes sense and adds real value to the business. In recognition of their responsibilities and the legal implications of ignoring stress more and more organisations are opting for stress management programme. An employee ‘well being’ strategy reduces stress and increases job satisfaction and productivity.

If you would like more information about my Mindfulness and Stress Management courses or 1-1 Mindfulness please contact me or email aston@unwind.uk.com

ASTON COLLEY D Yoga (BWY)
Professional Mindfulness & Yoga Teacher