WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?
Mindfulness is the practice of getting out of autopilot, paying attention to the present moment and becoming more self-aware of our thoughts and behaviours. Just as we train our body to be fit and strong, mindfulness is a way we can train our minds to become more resilient and able to cope with daily stress and the challenges we face in life.
According to the NHS mindfulness allows us to be more aware of the present moment and can help us enjoy the world around us more. When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted. Mindfulness is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a way to prevent depression in people who have had three or more bouts of depression in the past.
HOW IT WORKS
An explosion of scientific studies has proven the many benefits of mindfulness, as a tool for stress resiliency. Much of this research focuses on neuroplasticity - the brain’s ability to change in response to experience and training. Mindfulness training changes the relationship between the “thinking brain” (prefrontal cortex) and the “emotional brain” (amygdala).
5 Week Foundational Training
The central objective of this programme is to introduce participants to the fundamental components of mindfulness and offer a variety of simple tools and techniques that can be practically applied in everyday life. There is a specific focus throughout the course on finding the balance between the striving for professional success and maintaining personal fulfilment, optimal health and wellbeing. Each session will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on their personal goals through the framework of our mindfulness-based performance coaching method. The course is suitable for beginners and those with experience practicing mindfulness.
Week 1: Self Awareness
Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your personality, including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. When you are conscious of what you are doing, you can decide whether this is an action or thought pattern you want to practice, or if there’s an alternative you’d rather be good at. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.
Week 2: Attention and Focus
The practice of mindfulness teaches us that we have the ability to choose where we place our attention and focus instead of constantly reacting to our environment and circumstances. As we train the mind we become empowered to take responsibility of our own thoughts, feelings and actions.
Week 3: Emotional Resilience
Emotional resilience refers to one's ability to adapt to stressful situations and change. Resilient people are able to greet change and difficulty as an opportunity for self-reflection, learning, and growing. Resilience is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened through the practice of mindfulness.
Week 4: Stress Management
Mindfulness not only reduces stress but also gently builds inner strength so that future stressors have less impact on our happiness and physical well-being. The practice of mindfulness can provide a number of of simple and effective techniques to relax your body, manage your mind and develop healthy, lifestyle practices that will have you feeling calm, empowered, and focused every day.
Week 5: Creating Change
Creating any type of long term change requires us to change the way we think and behave. Often we find it difficult to make progress towards our personal or professional goals because our limiting beliefs, self-doubt and habits keep us stuck. In this session you will learn how to overcome the mental barriers that stop you from achieving the success you desire.
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