3rd August 2017Category: Working Carers
Do you ever find yourself:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, mindfulness could be beneficial for you.
Sometime the sheer amount of thoughts whirling around in our head can be overwhelming and it can be extremely difficult to switch them off. This can be especially noticeable in bed at night when trying to nod off, making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
No sleep + whirling thoughts + the normal daily tasks of caring = exhaustion!
Mindfulness is a way to train your brain to cut out all the whirling thoughts, give you a rest and reduce your stress levels. What’s not to like?
West Cumbria Carers runs regular FREE Mindfulness Courses for carers so what not come along and try it?
Each of our 8 week courses is preceded by an introduction session which will give you the opportunity to meet the practitioner running the course and the other carers who are considering joining. You will also be able to have a bit of a chat and find out more about mindfulness is all about before deciding whether to join the programme.
Mindfulness can be practised in many different ways. It simply involves bringing your attention to the present moment. Mindfulness is often confused with relaxation. Although you may become more relaxed when you are mindful, this is not the goal of mindfulness. The goal is to be aware of and accept whatever way your body and mind feel at this moment in time in a way that is manageable no matter how difficult or challenging we believe it to be so that we can experience life in a happier or more balanced way. Our minds are often very busy and full of our thoughts, many of which are about the past and future. The goal of mindfulness is to be aware that we have thoughts, but to let them go so that we can focus on the present, without distraction.
Working Carers can use these new skills at work, they are interchangeable. Regular practice of mindfulness increases focus and productivity, greater creativity, and improved relationships with colleagues, and communication. It helps you focus on the things that you’re able to control and letting go of those that you simply can’t control and acceptance of it.
There is now lots of research to show how useful Mindfulness is to help with managing stressful situations, especially where these develop into feelings of anxiety, depression or chronic illness and pain.
You will learn how to use simple meditation techniques to focus your full attention on things like sounds or breathing. Meditation is not about sitting cross legged on a cushion (although it can be done like this if you prefer!). Meditation just means to focus or concentrate on something and we will learn how to do this in many different ways, sitting on a chair, standing or moving about and doing certain tasks. As you develop your ability to focus your attention it will allow you to observe your thoughts and feelings as they arise. Then you will come to realise that they come and go of their own accord and you are not your thoughts. You will practice being able to watch them come and go without being overwhelmed by them and come to understand that all thoughts and feelings, including negative or difficult ones, can pass by without you needing to act on them. You will learn how to do this without criticism and develop a more curious and kindly way of just being a friendly observer without experiencing everything personally or unkindly. Allowing you to develop:
What other carers have said following the eight-week course:
“…..helps you smile inside!”
“It kept my head above water – I was going under and this has given me coping mechanisms to get through all of it”
“Has been the single biggest tool I have found to combat anxiety”
“Happier and more resilient”
“I can now respond with more patience and greater flexibility to difficult emotions and experiences”
“Better focus to concentrate on things”
“…and helped me understand my thoughts and feelings so I could manage them in a more helpful way – brilliant!”
If this sounds like something you think you will benefit from, please contact us.
Just before the programmes start, we are offering a free Introduction sampler session. This session will give you an opportunity to meet the trainer and gain a better understanding of what mindfulness.
Following this there will be an 8 week EVENING programme starting on 14th Septeber in Wokrington.
To book your place at this session please call 01900 821976.