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Originating from a Buddhist decent, mindfulness practice did not become popular until the 1980s, in the Western world. An increase of documented studies grew, with the evidence of cumulating positive results, suggesting mindfulness can be used as a key mechanism for improving wellbeing. There is no universal definition of the term mindfulness, however, it can be characterised as: choosing to bring to attention a certain aspect of quality present experiences e.g. breathing. It is the practice of awareness, free from distraction and judgement, without attachment of emotions or thoughts. Gradually through experience, the ability to become aware of these thoughts and feelings brings with it acceptance.

Overall, mindfulness practice can identify significant strengths and weakness through several mindfulness –based interventions, including mindfulness meditation approach, however, emphasis can be placed upon the practice and the method, in which, they are constructed.

At Working Minds, we provide the most standardised mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) known as; mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). Both involve eight, weekly sessions and recommend for daily home practice, for around 45 min per day. Research has found that practicing on an average of three or more days per week is sufficient to prevent relapse into depression.

However, more recent research has pointed to the key role of informal mindfulness in developing the ability to pay attention to internal and external experiences. The focus of mainstream applications can be interchangeably consumed. Displaying the development and shape of a mindfulness-based  programme can directly target multiple populations within different contexts, i.e. the therapist, and the client, can use accordingly. Moreover, mindfulness- based inventions can be used as a strategy to support stress reduction in the workplace.

At Working Minds, we provide treatment for behaviours such as continuous verbalisations, impulsivity of clients, and identified behavioural symptoms, can stimulate challenging situations within the workplace for mental health care professionals. Establishing therapy for clients who exhibit behaviours that are problematic can be considered, to some extent, an occupational hazard that can have an impact the levels of work- related stress.

Nevertheless, mindfulness has become an extremely beneficial practice for a vast majority of people. Mindfulness can be developed through mental training routines that can be adaptably fulfilled , manageable, self-administered, and non-invasive.

References

  • Call, D., Miron, L., & Orcutt, H. (2014). Effectiveness of brief mindfulness techniques in reducing symptoms of anxiety and stress. Mindfulness, 5(6), 658-668.

  • Crane, R. S. (2017). Implementing Mindfulness in the Mainstream: Making the Path by Walking It. Mindfulness, 8(3), 585–594.

  • Shearer, A., Hunt, M., Chowdhury, M., & Nicol, L. (2016). Effects of a brief mindfulness meditation intervention on student stress and heart rate variability. International Journal of Stress Management, 23(2), 232.

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