Anyone feeling overwhelmed by their thoughts, feelings, responsibilities or worries could benefit from a course being established in Gloucester from June 5.
The Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course delivered by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Let’s Talk service, will offer a practical, non-medical approach to coping with anxiety and stress.
Gill Turnbull, from Let’s Talk, said that a mindfulness approach to people’s distress could have a significant impact on improving their physical and mental wellbeing.
“Most of us find ourselves frequently ‘swept away’ by the current of thoughts and feelings, worries, pressures, responsibilities and the feeling of wanting things to be different from how they are right now,” Gill said.
“This can be particularly powerful when we are faced with emotional or physical pain, life stresses and illness that challenge our attempts to find a solution or to feel better.
“Feeling stuck in this way can be draining. Mindfulness-based approaches are intended to teach people practical skills that can help with physical and psychological health problems and ongoing life stresses.
“Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a group-based programme for people with a wide range of physical problems and who experience anxiety and depression. It has been extensively studied since the late 1970s and there is evidence of significant positive effects on participants with generalised anxiety disorder, panic, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and other conditions.
“The programme is taught in eight weekly sessions for 2 hours and involves intensive training in mindfulness meditation together with discussion on stress and life skills. Participants are given CDs and are asked to practise the meditations for up to 45 minutes daily and to do informal practice whilst doing their day to day activities.”
The group will meet weekly from Wednesday June 5 until Wednesday July 24, from 6 until 8pm, at Gloucestershire College, Llanthony Rd, Gloucester.
Places are limited so please ring 0800 073 2200 to register for a place on the course.