Jenny Mercer 8 week Mindfulness & Stress Reduction Course
The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course is the most recognised andestablished
mindfulness course, taught all over the world, and scientifically provento help people cope better with
anxiety, stress, depression, high blood pressure ,CFC/ME and fibromyalgia. Or, maybe you’re interested
in finding new ways to handlethe challenges anddemands of everyday life, improving health,
sleep and general well-beingThroughout our lives we face a lot of uncertainty and unknowns, added to
thisfor many COVID-19has been an emotional roller coaster, which can leave us caught up in spirals
of questions,thoughts and worry. Or perhaps juggling working from home, home schooling,
job/financial worries.And the ultimate fear: “What if I develop symptoms of the disease?”
Mindfulness is really important in times like this with COVID-19 front and
centre of nearly every aspect of life, we’re all living under immense stress and
anxiety right now. Also, under the surface many people are grieving the loss
of their former lives – it’s grief created by uncertainty as for many they liked the way things were.
When our minds become exhausted and overwhelmed—as stressful thoughts lead to more stressful
thoughts, and we get caught up in fear and anxiety (and we’re tired)— we create a mental state that
has a lot of chaos to it. That’s when turning to mindfulness practice can help us settle, help us get out
of all that thinking for a moment. We can try to settle down and maybe give ourselves a little rest or
see a situation with a little different clarity.
So what is mindfulness? – it can be a formal meditation, though many people might be intimidated at
the thought of what’s involved with meditating. Perhaps it’s easier to think of it as a gym for developing
mindfulness – in meditation our job is to follow the breath and notice what our mind is doing in that
moment, and as best we can, not reacting. There are also informal practices, such as mindful walk,
mindful eating, or picking an everyday event and approaching it mindfully.
The course is suitable for beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their mindfulness practice. Participants range from parents of young children to students, healthcare professionals and corporate directors. All join for a variety of reasons: from simply taking the time to prioritise their wellbeing, to those who wish to adopt a complementary approach to managing health concerns.
Mindfulness is a skill which takes both time and personal commitment to be learned and it’s also important to feel comfortable with a teacher. Please check my website for further information about the course.
Or, contact me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have regarding the course or it’s suitability for you at this time.