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What sort of conditions can it help

Research shows that Mindfulness can help with:  recurrent depression  anxiety and panic disorders  addictive behaviour  stress family, job, or financial  chronic pain and illness  sleep disturbances  fatigue  high blood pressure  plus more mental and physical problems.

Clinical research has demonstrated the effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to such a degree that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) now recommends this as a treatment for people suffering from recurrent depression. In fact it is shown to halve the relapse rate in people who have had more than two episodes of depression.

The Mental Health Foundation is running a campaign to raise awareness of the benefits of Mindfulness for overcoming depression. http://www.bemindful.co.uk/about_mindful ness http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

But other people can benefit too! Many people find Mindfulness useful, including those dealing with the stresses of life. Mindfulness offers a tool to help you deal with stress and to help you improve your mental well being.

Can I learn mindfulness if I have not been clinically anxious or depressed? Yes. Everyone can benefit from mindfulness whether they have a specific problem or not. We all have times in our lives when we experience difficulty, stress and struggle; and for some of us this is our daily experience. Mindfulness helps us see with greater clarity how we may approach each moment skilfully, taking more pleasure in the good things that often go unnoticed or unappreciated, and dealing more effectively with the difficulties we encounter, both real and imagined.

For local Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses, see www.yogaunlimited.co.uk.

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