What is it?
First Steps in Mindfulness for Wellbeing is a free 4 week course which gives a practical introduction to mindfulness meditation, so that you can explore the benefits this can bring to your health and wellbeing.
This course teaches simple mindfulness meditation practices which you can build into daily life, to help reduce problems such as stress, anxiety, low mood and pain. You will be provided with a course handbook and access to audio recordings of guided meditations for home use. The course is taught in by NHS Professionals who are trained and experienced mindfulness teachers.
If you have a physical health condition you may find that our ‘Mindfulness for Health’ course is more suitable for you. You can find out more about this HERE.
Who is this suitable for?
The course is suitable for anyone with an interest in exploring mindfulness meditation to support their health and wellbeing.
To benefit fully, it’s important that you are able to attend all 4 sessions and complete the recommended home practice (15-30 minutes per day).
If you experience significant pain or physical discomfort due to a health condition, you may wish to consider our 8 week “Mindfulness for Health course” as an alternative.
The course may not be suitable for you if you have experienced significant emotional challenges such as trauma, abuse, recent loss or bereavement, major life changes or addiction to substances. In these circumstances, it may be advisable to wait until things have settled down enough to allow you to fully benefit from the course, or you may wish to try an alternative form of help or therapy available through the IAPT service. We recommend that you discuss this with your GP or other professional who may have recommended the course to you.
What does each session involve?
The course is run in a large group format and combines guided meditation, alongside lecture-style presentation. Each sessions is 90 minutes long with a 10-15 minute break half way through the session.
Sessions will usually include two guided practices, each being around 10-15 minutes in length. There will be brief opportunities to discuss your experience of the practice with other participants if you wish. Information will be presented about the benefits of mindfulness and approaches to learning the practice.
Theme: “Coming to our Senses” – What is mindfulness and why practice it?
Practices: The Bodyscan, Mindfulness of everyday activities.
Theme: “The Wandering Mind” – Dealing with distraction, learning to watch our thoughts.
Practices: The Bodyscan, Mindfulness of Breathing
Theme: “Noticing our reactions” – How mindfulness helps us to notice thoughts and emotions.
Practices: Mindfulness of Breathing, Mindfulness of Sounds and Thoughts
Theme: “From Reacting to Responding” – Using mindfulness to respond helpfully to stress
Practices: The Three Step Breathing Space, The Bodyscan
How will this help me?
The benefits of mindfulness for wellbeing have been widely recognised over the last forty years or so. Mindfulness is known to be helpful for people who experience depression, stress and anxiety, and also for people with a variety of physical health conditions, including pain. People who practice mindfulness meditation often report a sense of greater calm and contentment, and the ability to respond to the stresses and strains of daily life in new ways.
By giving over some time each day to practice, we can increase our ability to respond helpfully when we’re stressed or agitated. Mindfulness helps us to notice our experiences more clearly and become aware of our patterns of thinking and responding to things. In this way we can step back from our automatic reactions and choose how best to respond.
It is important to note that this is an introductory course. To experience the full benefits of mindfulness, you will need to continue to practice after completing the course, and may wish to further your learning through books, apps or courses, which will discussed in session 4.
How do I access?
Our next available First Steps in Mindfulness courses are all held within the city centre at St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ and are scheduled as follows:
- Thursday 16th January 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
- Thursday 27th February 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
- Thursday 9th April 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
- Thursday 21st May 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
- Thursday 2nd July 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
- Thursday 13th August 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
- Thursday 24th September 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
- Thursday 5th November 2020 – 17:30pm – 19:00pm
Please note: St Mary’s provides conference facilities and the course is held in a conference room setting. The meditation practices taught are non-religious in nature and are best described as exercises in awareness and attention.
Please contact us on 0114 226 4380 to book your free place.