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What is Mindfulness?
I strongly believe that one of the keys to managing stress levels is to learn how to live more fully in the present. So many people spend a great deal of time and energy dwelling on the past and projecting into, and worrying about the future. The actual truth is you can only live in the here and now. Mindful Based Stress Reduction(MBSR) is a form of self awareness drawn from Buddhist meditation techniques and teaches the individual to be more fully aware and present in each moment. It was developed by Jon Kabat –Zinn who has done extensive work in a clinical setting treating people with chronic pain and stress related disorders.

With practice Mindfulness enables you as an individual to accept and manage moments of stress with a completely new perspective, teaching you how to acknowledge and work through your negative thoughts, feelings and senses. If you think this all sounds a bit like Cognitive Behavourial Therapy, then you would be right, in fact if you need convincing of the worth of Mindfulness then look no further than the NHS, who have incorporated Mindfulness training as part of their Cognitive Behavioural approach to therapy. As a therapist I am very pleased to be able to offer working with these techniques to my clients, they are straight forward to learn; you just need to plan in a little time for yourself. Do I use the techniques myself, absolutely.

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