Programmes for Individuals

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INTRODUCTION TO

MINDFULNESS FOR

HEALTH & WELL-BEING


Who is it for?

This programme is for people who wish to gain greater well-being and control of the challenges life throws at them, be that in their personal or work life. 

It provides people with the tools and techniques to deal with stress and pressure more effectively and allows them to bring greater clarity and focus to everyday life.

What are the benefits?

  • Enhancement of general well-being
  • Improved ability to relax
  • Improved eating habits
  • Reduction of stress and the impact of stressful situations
  • Enhanced personal performance
  • Increased personal resilience and ability to deal with negative thoughts
  • Enhanced clarity of analysis and thought

What will you do?

The course will take place over four two-hour sessions and comprise tutor input and Mindfulness Practice. You will learn different ways to practise mindfulness skills and techniques, including:

  • Increasing creativity and flexibility
  • Enhancing attention and concentration
  • Improving self-awareness
  • Refining the decision making process
  • Responding effectively to uncertainty and conflict

This Health & Well-Being course is a recommended foundation for the Mind, Body, Nutrition and Eating Psychology course.

MIND, BODY, NUTRITION

&

EATING PSYCHOLOGY


Who is it for?

This programme is for people who are seeking a sustainable solution which they can apply to everyday issues with food, nutrition and overall health. 

Rather than roll out the tired old messages, Mindfulness applied in this context engages people practically to change your relationship with food and nutrition 

This assists in breaking the harmful links and myths between body image, weight and well-being.

What are the benefits?

  • Development of strategies for natural appetite regulation
  • Recognition of the hidden contributors to weight gain
  • Gaining the ability to let go of yo-yo dieting
  • Development of easy to practice tools for binge and over-eating
  • Development of the capacity to recognise the connections and triggers between metabolism and emotion
  • Gain powerful strategies for the development of a positive body image
  • A growth in self-esteem from successfully applying the techniques

What will you do?

The course will consist of input by Consultant Clinical Psychologists, Mindfulness experts and Eating Coaches.

Each weekly session will last 2 hours and be practical and very informative in its content. You will receive input on the causes and triggers for eating issues, our relationship with food and struggles with body image and weight.

You will be helped to develop specific techniques to help you create a sustainable relationship between your body, your mind and your nutrition.


You will develop:

  • Tools for working with binge and over-eating
  • An understanding of the nutritional power of pleasure
  • Tools for mood regulation
  • The ability to deal with stress more effectively

Mind Matters is a certified coach of the World's leading school in Nutritional Psychology.

SELF-HARM &

SUBSTANCE

MISUSE


Background

There is already considerable scientific evidence in the form of brain scans that Mindfulness can change the wiring (neural pathways) of the brain in relation to problems such as depression, substance abuse and eating disorders.

Self-harming behaviour is often difficult to understand but it is a lot more common than people think. Research indicates that 1 in 12 people self-harm. Why do people hurt themselves?  There are many reasons but often it is a means of reducing intolerable emotional pain. It is an attempt to reduce the intensely aversive thinking patterns, the self- blame and self-hatred that are common in people who self harm. 

Self-harm helps them to focus their attention away from their emotional distress by moving it towards the physical pain.

In order to end self-harm the view we hold of ourselves needs to change. To do this a good place to start is with our judgemental thinking and negative self-talk. Mindfulness helps change our relationship with our thoughts by showing us how to remain grounded in the present moment, rather than time traveling to the past or to the future. In developing mindfulness we learn to attend to what is going on now in our mind and body. Once we do that we can learn new ways to manage our thoughts and feelings and this will decrease suffering.

Mindfulness helps us to observe and note thoughts, positive or negative, without feeling the need to act upon them.


The link between stress and addiction is well-known. Stress increases the likelihood of alcohol and drug use, and can precipitate relapses following treatment. Clinicians and researchers recognise the critical need to incorporate stress management techniques into inpatient and outpatient treatment. The goal is to assist clients to replace substance use with healthy coping skills when confronted with the inevitable stressors that threaten sobriety. Improved treatment retention and relapse prevention are desired outcomes of the challenging search for evidenced-based programs for recovering addicts.


The potential utility of mindfulness-based interventions for individuals in recovery from addictive disorders is particularly compelling.   Mindfulness will not bring an immediate solution for either self-harming or substance abuse but it does provide tools and techniques, which with practise can make a huge contribution in this area .

Who is it for?

Individuals who feel that they would benefit from working with experienced clinicians who will provide independent support with these issues.

What are the benefits?

  • Access to highly trained NHS professionals
  • Development of tools and techniques to make measured decisions
  • The ability to apply de-stressing techniques

What will you do?

Courses will be structured to match the requirements of the attendees.


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