Stress in small doses can be good for you. Stress in large doses can make you ill.
Mindfulness practice doesn't get rid of problems – while we're alive we'll always experience problems from time to time – it helps us to change our relationship with them so we can have a rich and fulfilling life no matter what our circumstances.
Breathworks specialises in giving people the mindfulness tools to:
- self manage their responses to stressful conditions
- reduce the suffering associated with these conditions
These mindfulness tools help people to:
- stay at work with greater resilience and better self awareness
- return to work happily, willingly and voluntarily after periods of sickness or absence
What are the benefits of Mindfulness for Organisations?
Today many organisations are finding that mindfulness skills play an important role in:
- Improved health and well-being
- Reduced sickness, absenteeism and employee turnover
- Greater leadership and team effectiveness
- Employee resilience
- Higher levels of motivation & engagement
- Increased attention and concentration
- Better decision making capabilities
- Higher levels of creativity and innovation
- Increased job satisfaction
- Relationship and team building
"Breathworks specialises in applying mindfulness methods to pain, illness and stress. As one often leads to the other in a vicious downwards spiral, our mindfulness approaches have helped thousands of people find the tools they need to prevent this destructive cycle taking over their lives".
Mindfulness for stress management is remarkably affordable as a long term treatment for chronic conditions. Once learnt, people can self manage their condition which leads to a more creative and productive approach to life, work and other responsibilities.
Mindfulness is a way to train the mind, but also includes paying attention to the body and the world around us. It helps us recognise that we don't need to be a slave to our feelings and thoughts and that we can choose how we respond to the challenges, complexities and ambiguity of our daily lives.
Many are not coping - mental health problems are on the rise, with stress topping the league of reasons for long-term sickness absence. People are turning to mindfulness as an antidote to all the doing, thinking and struggling we so often do; and discovering it offers much more besides.
Benefits include improvements to physical and mental health, with an increased ability to be resilient and manage stress. For employers, this translates into a happier healthier workforce with higher productivity and reduced sickness absence levels, among other things.
The number of days taken off because of stress, anxiety and depression can fall dramatically and other benefits include heightened emotional intelligence, improved decision-making and strategic-thinking abilities; a heightened ability to focus and enhanced creativity. How Practising Mindfulness in the Workplace can Boost Productivity
Breathworks Mindfulness for Stress programmes apply a mindfulness framework to key elements of stress conditions - awareness of stress triggers, calming stress responses, mindful movement and micro-practices applicable within a busy lifestyle.
Our delivery methods include:
- mindfulness taster sessions
- bespoke training
- online courses
- face-to-face courses
- one-to-one coaching
- staff training
Breathworks delivers structured, measurable Mindfulness for Stress programmes that combine teaching and motivation with experiential learning.
The programme includes:
- the physical, psychological and professional benefits of mindfulness
- getting started on mindfulness and meditation
- tools for improving focus and clarity
- methods for letting go of negative thoughts
- using mindfulness to improve our relationships with others
- cultivating new habits – how to make mindfulness a part of daily life
- Group teaching sessions
- MP3 downloads for daily meditation
The programme is can be designed to suit your needs and budget and is usually delivered over a minimum of four two-hour sessions.
Breathworks recognises the importance of evaluation in the delivery of mindfulness training. This helps determine not only the individual benefits that participants typically experience but the impact at a group/ organisational level.
Measurement can be agreed in advance e.g. Breathworks can provide a range of established evaluation tools to assess levels of employee wellbeing and stress before and after intervention. We are also happy to collaborate with HR teams in assessing pre- and post- levels of productivity, sickness absence and so on.
"The Mindfulness for Stress Resilience course provided by Breathworks was excellent. The course was delivered in a warm and engaging teaching style with easy to follow practice of mindfulness and at the same time demonstrating a wealth of knowledge and experience. The teaching drew an a wide range of sources including up-to-date research evidence of the benefits of mindfulness as well as the various historical and philosophical strands which have come together in mindfulness. The handouts provide a very readable and accessible explanation of the key concepts of mindfulness and the practice CDs are delivered in an easy to listen to style and with exercises of different lengths to suit those with different amounts of time commitment. The homework sheets are also an invaluable aid in supporting practice in between sessions.
Overall, the course was an invaluable experience for the staff who attended and an excellent foundation for developing Mindfulness as individuals and introducing it more widely across our organisation. I thoroughly recommend it."
Mark Pitkethly, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Psychology, Psychology Services, St Luke's Hospital, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.