Category: Mindfulness

Mindfulness For Health – Week 1 Wild Horses

mindfulness-for-health-introduction-1These are my experiences of the Mindfulness for Health course I recently completed. This article is not a substitute for attending a course yourself and will only give you a small insight into the course and its effects on my journey. The book that supports this course is available to purchase here. For more information on attending a course in Sheffield, see here.

It’s very likely that if you suffer from chronic pain, you have turned your pain into some sort of evil demon that you try to avoid and that you fear. Week 1 of the Mindfulness for Health course was all about reconnecting and making contact with your own body once again. But why would I want to reconnect with the painful body I am trapped within? Why would I want to listen to the pain screaming and actually acknowledge it? Surely ignoring it and denying it was the right thing to do?

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A Letter to Myself

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A letter I wrote to myself on the final week of the Mindfulness for Health course, which Jane posted back to us. It arrived this morning.

Dear Emma,

Don’t be so hard on yourself. Life is often difficult, lonely and filled with pain, but it is also so much more than that. Take the time to notice the good and enjoy the pleasant.

The most important message to take from the mindfulness course is to be kind, mostly to myself, but also to others. Accept your limitations, pace yourself, rest, breathe, smile. Remember not to be angry with yourself or feel guilty, it is not your fault. Give others the benefit of the doubt when they are flakey, seem distant or just don’t take your needs or feelings into account. No one can understand your condition or how their actions impact on your health.

Take the time for self-care, meditate, move/exercise, relax, enjoy. Don’t feel guilty for looking after you.

Commit to yourself and your health. It’s important, YOU are important.

Continue to spread awareness and be a positive voice for Fibromyalgia. You can make a difference to your life, and to others. Be strong, be bold, be awesome.

With Love

Emma xxx

Mindfulness for Health 8 Week Course

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Back in September, I spotted a tweet about a Mindfulness for Health course that would be starting soon in Sheffield. I clicked on the link because Mindfulness is something I am really interested in, especially for pain management.

It turns out that the course was being run by 2 ladies [Jane and Debs] who were training to become Mindfulness course tutors with a company called Breathworks. It was to be held at Union Street, a fab co-working space in Sheffield city centre. The course on offer was a practice course so that Jane and Debs could complete their Mindfulness teacher training. It sounded just what I needed and so I signed up as soon as I sorted out the inevitable logistics when you work full-time and have a young child to sort out and bought the book that accompanied the course: Mindfulness for Health. A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing.

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​Magic Moments Of Mindfulness

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It can be easy to forget to stop sometimes; when I am up against a deadline at work, when I am trying to juggle my family and my chronic pain when a hundred and one thoughts are racing through my head and my anxiety kicks in.

A more mindful approach by paying more attention to the present moment, acknowledging my own thoughts and feelings and recognising the world around me, improves my mental well being and makes me more positive and productive.

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