Mindfulness FAQ

meditation works with mindfulnessMindfulness is talked about quite often and there are quite a few questions that many people have about it. Here we’ve put together the most commonly asked questions about Mindfulness that we hope will help you understand better.

How Can it Actually Help?

When you practice it, often it will give a person a much better self-look at their own personal emotions. This can help to boost their own concentration as well as their attention. It has been proven that it can help a lot of people with the stress in their lives. Not only that it seems to be able to help with anxiety, different addictive behavior, and depression. Some say that it also seems to have a very positive influence on problems such as high blood pressure, those with chronic pain and heart disease.

Is There a Difference Between MBCT and MBSR?

MBSR or Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is mindfulness that was created by Kabat-Zinn. What it does is apply different insight meditations based on a Buddhist framework but not in a religious type framework that Buddhism offers.

MBCT was developed for those with recurrent depression and was created by John Teasdale, Zindel Segal along with Mark Williams. MBCT used for those with recurring depression was developed from MBSR but put into a cognitive theoretical type of framework instead. It has shown to be very good when it comes to preventing depression that’s recurrent. This type of mindfulness is highly recommended by the UK and NICE.

How Do I Know if Mindfulness is for Me?

There are a lot of people who can benefit from actually practicing it. But, just like any kind of treatment or style of therapy the impact it has is not going to be universal and the benefits, one gets from practicing it is always going to vary from individual to individual. It’s always recommended that if you’re a person who suspects they might be starting to develop a serious mental health issue like depression really should seek advice from their personal GP before considering practicing anything like mindfulness.

Isn’t Mindfulness Just Faddish?

Unfortunately, there are different misconceptions can help with happinesswhen it comes to mindfulness and one of those includes that it could just be a passing fad and has no true evidence base to it. What you need to understand is that like many other things, it doesn’t always work for every person who tries it. For people who learn to use it well and practice it on a regular basis have had some great results.

How Does One Learn It?

You’ll find a variety of ways that you can educate yourself on how to use mindfulness.

One way is to learn it in a face to face environment. A number of different academic institutes, individual teachers and other organizations all over the UK where you can find courses that will teach you how to use it properly.

You can also find courses online that can be anywhere from four to eight weeks long that are specifically designed to help teach a person through all the different things you need to know about both MBCT and MBSR.

There are also a variety of books, audio and apps out there that you can look into that offer guidance for those interested in learning how to practice mindfulness properly.

Can I Take the Course Free of Charge?

Yes, you can. Currently, NHS trusts do offer training for mindfulness at a variety of different places that are available and you can get in touch with NHS to find what institutions are offering free courses.

But, if you’re looking for free access to in-person training, that is still pretty limited at this time.

Can I Offer Training to My Own Organization?

You can have training done by an instructor either in person or even online for your own organizations. This type of training will usually be done in group settings where those who participate are required to attend every week over an eight week period.

You can also suggest to those in your organization to participate in training courses that are offered online. This way they can learn about mindfulness and how to practice it in the comfort of their own home and at their own pace.

Where Can I Find Training to Teach Mindfulness to Others?

One of the best places you might want to take a look at would be the Bangor University where they offer a variety of different courses, some retreats, and even a Masters Program. You can also take courses at both Oxford and Exeter.