What is mindfulness?

Improving your mental and physical wellbeing

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Mindfulness is a practise which involves focusing your attention fully on the present moment and not dwelling on thoughts of the past. Practising mindfulness involves having an awareness of your thoughts and feelings without trying to change them, in a non-judgemental way. It involves concentration and focus so that you can feel more connected with your mind, body and the world around you.

 

What are the benefits of mindfulness?

There are lots of different reasons as to why practising mindfulness can help to improve your overall wellbeing and mood. These include:

  • Calming your mind so that you can feel more relaxed and get a better night’s sleep
  • Improved attention and focus in everyday tasks as a result of being more in the present moment
  • Better relationships with those around you, as mindfulness increases our sense of connection with our friends, family members and those around us
  • Reducing stress and anxiety as a result of your mind and body being more relaxed
  • Greater self-awareness as a result of self-reflection, enabling you to understand your thoughts, feelings and emotions more easily

 

What mindfulness offerings are available through TALKWORKS?

At TALKWORKS, Devon's NHS Talking Therapies service, we have a number of trained mindfulness practitioners who can teach you more about mindfulness and how to apply the benefits of it to your everyday life.

We offer an ‘Introduction to Mindfulness’ workshop which is a one-off session that teaches participants more about mindfulness and the difference it can make to your everyday life. The 75 minute session also includes a guided meditation so that you can try mindfulness for yourself and see how you get on.

If you enjoy our ‘Introduction to Mindfulness’ workshop, you may be interested in exploring our further mindfulness offering. This includes our Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) group course which runs over an 8 week period. Each session, combined with set homework, will teach you a range of strategies and techniques through the application of mindfulness, to improve your wellbeing and sense of connection in day-to-day life. Once you have completed the MBCT course, you may also be interested in our two hour 'Mindfulness Graduates' workshop.

 

How do I get started?

You can book your place on an upcoming ‘Introduction to Mindfulness’ workshop by calling our team on 0300 555 3344 (our phone lines are open Monday to Friday, between 9am and 4:45pm). In order to find out more about our Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy group, you will need to refer yourself to TALKWORKS for support, either by calling us or filling out an online self-referral form. As TALKWORKS is an NHS Talking Therapies service, all of our courses, groups, treatment and support are available free of charge. You do not need to see a GP before you contact our service.


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“I could not fault the service I received. I was listened to and given so many different resources to help my anxiety and depression. I was so very low a year ago but with the amazing support from my therapist I feel more and more myself every day. Thank you TALKWORKS.”

“I was apprehensive about using the service thinking I wasn't "bad" enough but a talk to the cardiac group by a TALKWORKS practitioner gave me confidence to self-refer. I was referred with respect and taken seriously throughout, felt safe and was given tools and advice to help myself take control of my situation.”

“The therapy gently supported me to both understand and come to terms with my diagnosis and how it has impacted on me as a person for so many years. I felt I could be open and honest in a very safe space. I not only feel better, I understand myself better too.”

Get Help

Call us on 0300 555 3344

Here at TALKWORKS, we’re here to help you feel better about life, and to help you feel like yourself again. Whether you’re dealing with an overwhelming life event, having sleepless nights or struggling with anxiety, we are here to help. You can self-refer to our service and a member of our team will then be in touch to arrange an initial appointment. TALKWORKS is not able to provide a crisis response service. If you need help urgently, you can access emergency mental health support information on our website.