How can I learn mindfulness?

What types of mindfulness programmes are there?

Mindfulness can be learnt in the following ways:

  • in a group setting on a structured course
  • drop in classes or taster sessions
  • one-to -one
  • online course or app
  • self-help books

If you attend a course, you might encounter a specific mindfulness-based programme:

Mindfulness- based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
  • a structured programme tailored to help you manage depression
  • run over eight weeks in two-hour sessions
  • delivered by a qualified practitioner
  • aims to help you manage unhelpful thoughts and feelings that are part of your depression
Mindfulness- based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • a structured programme tailored to help you manage general stress
  • usually run over eight weeks in two-hour sessions
  • delivered by a qualified practitioner
  • can also help you manage the impact of long- term health conditions
Mindfulness practiced in Buddhist centres
  • includes traditional Buddhist practices of mindfulness meditation and other mindful techniques
  • taught at Buddhist centres
  • usually taught in the context of Buddhist teachings
  • not tailored for specific health problems
Other mindfulness- based approaches
  • these include courses that focus more on movement
  • emphasize mindfulness in daily life
  • are tailored for other specific health conditions or chronic pain

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