Mindfulness is a well-researched, non-religious and effective means of alleviating stress, anxiety and depression, and promoting well-being and flourishing. This practical course is taught by teachers from the University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre. Skills for supporting top performance and good mental health will be taught in eight weekly classes (classes are 1.5 hours in length). Participants will be introduced to mindfulness practices each week, and will be asked to do home practice exercises, to consolidate learning. The evidence base shows mindfulness has protective effect on mental health at follow-up.
If you wish to find out more about mindfulness, please consult the Oxford Mindfulness Centre website
Participants will have the opportunity to:
1. Acquire skills for supporting top performance and good mental health.
2. Experience first-hand a range of mindfulness practices that could help alleviate stress and /or low mood
3. Gain an understanding of the cognitive frameworks that foster good mental health and wellbeing
4. Identify specific mindfulness practices that they can turn to in stressful periods
5. Understand the need for self-care and how mindfulness can help foster self-care
There is a course text: “Mindfulness: a Practical Guide to finding Peace in a Frantic World” by Prof Mark Williams and Dan Penman. Participants should obtain a copy before the course starts.
Note: This course is designed for those who experience everyday levels of stress. It is not appropriate for people who are currently experiencing clinical depression and /or anxiety.
Before you register please check that you are able to commit to the 6 sessions, and regular home practice, in between sessions, to consolidate skills.