The reality today is that levels of distress, anxiety and depression are increasing despite so many opportunities and choices available to us. I see it in my work as a coach every week. Something has been going wrong and it’s time to look to a simple and rational solution to the potential multi-billion$ well-being crisis facing the millennial generation.
I have long been aware that mindfulness activity is good for me and first studied the practice back in 2006. But similar to practicing gratitude, exercising regularly and eating well it’s often much easier said than done! It it’s often hard to keep up in the face of all the other demands and pressures that life seems to throw at me!
So over the last few years it’s been good to both take stock of research and also refresh my own practice. For example I recently read “Mindfulness for Life’ – a fantastic practical and evidence-packed book by Dr. Craig Hassed and Dr. Stephen White. I have also been using my ‘Headspace’ App from Headspace in the UK, which is a brilliant evidence-based tool, that guides and supports you through daily mindfulness activity and which is having great results in both studies and wide use in all sorts of different settings across the world.
I have also attended numerous workshops myself hearing and learning at first hand from some of the world’s leading mindfulness researchers and practitioners. For example Professor Felicia Huppert from the University of Cambridge Well-being Institute goes so far as to say that mindfulness should be regarded as the foundation for well-being. As a result mindfulness programs are now being run in schools, universities, multi-national corporations, public sectors agencies, the military and even the UK Parliament is running classes!
Don’t forget though that well-being is not just the absence of mental or physical health problems. Well-being is about flourishing and functioning at your best across all domains of life – work, study, relationships, community and play. It’s about going from good to great and who wouldn’t want that for themselves, their families, colleagues, teams or organisation?!
If you want to learn more about Mindfulness here’s how. I have recently developed a short 2 hour workshop introduction to Mindfulness, which is perfect for any workplace – in corporate, public or education sectors. It provides an evidence-based introduction, some experiential activity including pointers to some great resources like Headspace and time to consider real world application. So contact me get some Mindfulness @ Life in your life!