BOROMANCAN 6 week Mindfulness Course for men.
Working with BOROMANCAN to provide a free mindfulness course for men. Teaching the foundation skills of mindfulness meditation and how to apply them in life. Weekly practices and discussion. Delivered free as part of a COVID response for the local Men in Middlesbrough.
6 Week mindfulness course:
Delivered online via zoom, 7-8pm Wednesdays 5th August -9th September
What follows is information that was shared, at no point did I set out to gather lots of data. This was a trial course to just see how things went. A response to lockdown. A short 4 questionnaire was used at the beginning and end of the course, this was not compulsory and only 4 filled it in. I avoided asking them for too much detail and got straight on with the course and the exercises, only then did I ask about what they noticed whilst doing the exercises.
Participants: 11 Males, white,
Age: 4 (25-34) 5 (35-44) 2 (55-64)
Attendance: 3 sessions missed by three people over the course.
Occupations: 2 decorators, 1 security guard, 2 process workers, 1 teacher, the rest unknown
Shared difficulties: busy minds, moving to a new house, young children, mental health, lockdown, pressure at work.
50% decrease in anxiety levels in those that completed the questionnaire.
Slight improvements on happiness scale and that things in life where worthwhile in those that completed the questionnaire.
- Easy to follow course without feeling need to get personally involved but option to do so if required. Much appreciated even though I missed the last session.
- Thanks again for the course it really has helped but I know this is just the beginning of the journey.
- I feel, having been on the course I now think and take 3 minutes out before I blow my top and I now say ‘be well’ to them and it actually works, don’t get annoyed very easy now.
- I was aware of mindfulness before taking this course and had used breathing exercises before. I really enjoyed this 6 week course and it definitely helped me to improve my understanding of mindfulness and the application of it. I was apprehensive at first doing a video course with others but soon got over that with Jonathan’s delivery. It was great to share stories and hear that other people were going through similar things and Jonathan was very good at finding the balance between delivering the course content and also allowing people to talk and share things with the group. I would definitely like to keep doing something like this in the future to maintain my practice and have an outlet to share things in a group, Either further weekly courses and or a monthly catch ups with the group to practice one of the methods of mindfulness and also to be able to share issues and other useful applications of mindful practice. Joining in with other groups would also be good to see how they have implemented mindful practices.
Delivering mindfulness-based activities online did not prove to be a barrier, in fact that might be a reason for such good attendance over the weeks.
Having men together of different backgrounds and ages was not a barrier.