New: Mindfulness guided meditation exercise with Ben Ousey
Q&A: Ben Ousey on Mindfulness
What exactly is Mindfulness?
The concept of mindfulness refers to a particular state of conscious awareness where the mind is deliberately focused on the present moment and then observing whatever is happening in the mind or body without judgement. Mindfulness meditations are designed to promote this state of being and there is a growing body of scientific research to support its effectiveness, especially in dealing with stress, anxiety and pain.
What three things should I be doing to lower the impact of stress on my wellbeing?
There are many effective ways to combat stress and anxiety. Some methods will work better for different people, so this list is only a guide.
- Learn to practice mindfulness or similar relaxation techniques. If you suffer from stress or anxiety then there are few better ways to gently help yourself to relax.
- Exercise regularly - physical activity that raises the heart rate causes the release of endorphins that can lift your mood. You don't have to run marathons or spend hours at the gym. If you can find an exercise or activity you enjoy doing that would be ideal and to be honest you can't beat a brisk walk in the countryside.
- Give yourself a break, by which I mean be kind to yourself. None of us are perfect and we are all just trying our best. You are allowed to get it wrong and find things difficult. So try not to be hard on yourself when you do.
Can you suggest Mindfulness techniques that I can use right away?
Many of the Mindfulness meditation techniques are quite simple but that is not to say that they are easy. One of the most common techniques is to use the breath as a focus for our attention. You can try our guided meditation video above.
Where can I learn more about Mindfulness & Mindfulness techniques?
Perhaps the best independent resource is the Mindfulnet website which provides information on all aspects of mindfulness and recommended books, apps and courses.
Ben Ousey BSc (Hons) Ost is an experienced Osteopath and graduated with a BSC Hons Osteopathy from Oxford-Brookes University. He is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a member of the Institute of Osteopathy. Ben incorporates a variety of osteopathic techniques including massage, joint mobilization and spinal manipulation, in order to reduce pain and improve mobility. Ben is experienced in treating many musculoskeletal conditions such lower back pain and neck pain, as well as repetitive strain and sports injuries. He is particularly interested in the treatment of chronic and persistent pain both with conventional osteopathic treatment and through the OsteoMAP programme. In addition Ben is a qualified meditation teacher and graduated from The British School of Meditation in 2014. Ben is passionate about meditation and the positive and scientifically proven effects a regular meditation practice has on human health. Ben is available to provide guided meditations and training one on one or in small group sessions.
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