Increased awareness of mental health problems within the legal profession has led many firms to introduce wellbeing programmes. One practice that has gained in popularity in recent years is mindfulness. The benefits of mindfulness are universal to all professions but there is a reason that Mindfulness is a skill that is particularly advantageous to lawyers. […]
Centre for Mental Health says that the Covid-19 is a health emergency like nothing else in living memory. It has already been widely recognised that the pandemic will have major effects on mental as well as physical health. The evidence the Centre for Mental Health has reviewed shows that this must be taken seriously. Centre […]
Recent studies have shown those scoring higher in mindfulness tend to report higher levels of pleasant affect, higher self-esteem, optimism, and self-actualization. Also, lower levels of neuroticism, anxiety, depression, and unpleasant affect are reported in those scoring higher in mindfulness.
This means that those people who practice Mindfulness regularly are more likely to stay positive despite changes to their lives than those who do not. This is important because those same people are more likely to embrace the changes the pandemic brings. evidence also suggests these people will thrive during this crisis by seeking out and exploring new opportunities this new situation brings.
It must be considered that some individuals are more proficient at putting themselves into a state of mindfulness than others. Not all people find Mindfulness an easy practice to continue regularly as studies show that the willingness and practice of mindfulness varied as well.
The evidence here showed that all humans have a “radar” for internal and external experience, which is awareness, but it must be cultivated like any other skill. Consciousness is built through harnessing the focusing of that awareness, which is attention. Mindfulness is enhanced attention to and awareness of current experience and the acceptance of things as they are which brings higher levels of consciousness.
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When organizations invest in preventive and supportive mental health solutions, a little goes a long way. Now more than ever, employees should not need to travel to access the resources they need to cope with and reduce stress. Mindfulness training can be done online or through a mobile app, making it accessible to almost everyone.
Research shows Mindfulness can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and isolation caused by home working. “Our brains have developed to focus on threat. Short-term stress and anxiety can be part of a healthy range of emotional experience and at times can help us stay safe.
However, when we experience chronic stress from working at home with not being able to leave work at work at the end of the day it can tax our immune system. This can cause more severe problems like anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance. Meditation helps deactivate the emotional center of the brain which is responsible for emotional reactivity that keeps us hooked to news cycles and fuels chronic stress. When we help our brains stay grounded we are better able to engage the rational part of our brains. This can help us understand information and make decisions from a place of fact versus panic” says Megan Bell Jones, Chief Science Officer at Headspace. She adds that meditation works by “helping people regulate emotions, changing the brain to be more resilient to stress, and improving stress biomarkers.”
Offering your employees a digital mindfulness program could help support their mental health during this period of uncertainty and worry is essential in combating the negative mental effects of Covid19.
John Earls, a popular local Mindfullness instructor with a thriving practice in Stratford has provided much needed help to stressed out and anxious residents of Stratford by offering free online virtual Mindfullness classes.
Many of his regulars are either unable to make it to class due to isolation with the suspected illness or are worried about new distancing protocols. Using readily available video technology John is now running a free weekly session live via his Facebook page.
John said “In these uncertain and unsettling times it is more important than ever for people to find peace of mind but it’s also vital to remain connected to each other. Mindfulness is the perfect activity for soothing the mind and with modern technology it’s now possible for me to connect with people in their own homes.”
Regular mindfulness client Laura Harcup said “I’m not feeling ill, I’m just worried about going out. I was really sad to miss my weekly class but with this virtual session I can take the class in my front room! It’s brilliant.”
The class is run on Monday evenings at 8.30 pm. John is planning to offer this free class indefinitely. For further information visit his website at www.Satis.org.uk.
The fitness industry is starting to take holistic health more seriously.
This has been seen in the growth of yoga and pilates classes and now mindfulness classes are getting onto the time table.
In this article, published by the leading fitness magazine for fitness professionals, the current trend of mindfulness classes are reviewed usng my programme as a benchmark.