Reducing anxiety with mindfulness meditation
Delivering an 8 week Mindfulness Course for a group of people from South Tees was always going to be interesting. Promoting mindfulness in Teesside is notoriously difficult, whatever the reasons are they vanished into thin air when this course was supported by South Tees Wellbeing Network and the Everyone Project, providing funding and marketing support to enable a large class to successfully take place on line and live.
Using many different points in the course to gather data on how people where feeling and experiencing life, the one marker that showed dramatic signs of improvement among the group was lowering levels of anxiety. Although this was not truly scientific in the gathering and study of the data we can see that it provides a very useful starting point for individuals to talk about finding ways to lesson symptoms of anxiety.
Simple daily practices of mindfulness meditation, mixed with a little more paying attention during the day can have positive impacts on your life.
Feedback for some of the participants reflects this 20% reduction in anxiety levels:
- It has been enlightening and inspiring I am so happy that I got the opportunity to do this course with Jon and the other participants.
- Sometimes the same information can be delivered and received completely differently depending on the teacher/facilitator. I'm glad to report that Jons tone, use of language and reflected listening and teaching was something that massively appealed to me and only got better as the weeks went on, knowing what was to be expected. Highly recommended and stick with it, if you get to week 4 I think most will finish but an open mind and commitment to embed the practices must be in your toolkit from day one.
- This mindfulness course has helped me discover a more relaxed state of mind that has had a positive effect on every area of my life.
- Take this course it will improve your life.