Living Mindfully with stress and illness – Friday Lunch time at 1:30pm in Hillfields. Start date: 02 March

Living Mindfully with stress and illness

This course runs for 8 weeks on a Friday Lunch time at 1:30pm in Hillfields.

Start date: 02 March

General information:

This course is for people who may be finding it hard to adjust to life with a long-term health condition and/or who may be struggling with stress, anxiety or low mood as a result of their health issues. Mindfulness meditation teaches us to manage difficult physical sensations (such as pain or fatigue), thoughts and feelings by holding them in calm awareness instead of reacting in ways that may make things worse. It encourages self-acceptance and helps us to be kinder to ourselves, enhancing enjoyment and appreciation of life “moment by moment”.

What will the course cover

The full programme consists of eight sessions (90 mins to 2 hours as advised). You will be taught simple, non-religious meditation practices and we will also look at ways to develop mindfulness in your daily life and self-care. The main elements of the course are:

  • Foundation practices: Kindly awareness of breath and body; settling and soothing
  • Mindfulness of the body in motion: Gentle stretches and mindful walking (if appropriate – can be adapted as necessary to suit individual needs)
  • Caring for yourself and managing your energy through mindful awareness
  • Everyday mindfulness: practices to develop mindfulness in all aspects of daily life
  • Building resilience: Developing self-compassion and acceptance in the face of difficulty

This course is offered by:

Oasis-Talk

What to expect

  • The course is intended to be informal and enjoyable. The focus is on learning through experience: We will practise the meditations together and have a short discussion after each one, but you don’t have to say anything if you don’t want to.
  • Please wear loose, comfortable clothes that don’t restrict your breathing or movement.
  • If you can, please bring a cushion and a blanket to keep yourself warm and comfortable. Some practices can be done lying down and you will be invited to do this if you want to.
  • There are likely to be about 10 other people on the course.
  • On arrival you will be greeted by the course leader. We generally sit in a circle of chairs so you can pick a chair and sit down. The course leader will ask you to give your name to sign you in (necessary for health and safety reasons).
  • We try to start and finish the courses on time. If you are late, don’t worry. Just arrive when you can and sit quietly if we are already doing a practice. It’s better to come late than to miss the session completely.

Information sheet

You can download the information sheet for this course here

How to book a place

If you would like to attend this course please call Bristol Wellbeing Therapies on 0117 982 3209 and book an assessment appointment. We assess before booking places on a course in order to check that the course is right for you.

Please be aware that there is sometimes a few weeks wait for an assessment appointment so please leave plenty of time before the course starts.