This course opened my eyes to the idea that it is only possible to long-term care for someone if you try to put as much energy into your own care. Only those in this position know how hard that lesson is to teach and receive. But what a lifesaver!
I had been interested in meditation for a long time but was never sure how to go about it (other than through religious organisations, which isn’t me). The York MBSR course seemed to offer an alternative and it more than lived up to my expectations… The combination of practical information and advice, and the chance to practice with others and really feel how it works (and it did!), was just right for me. Now I have at last found what I was looking for and I enjoyed it so much!
This course [Mindfulness for Stress] should be made part of the national curriculum for children, be an essential part of any degree course and be provided every 3 years by employers to their employees. It should be developed by the prison service and armed forces. In short, it teaches life skills essential for society to continue to function.
I was very sceptical at first but found the course really beneficial
I was very sceptical at first but found the course really beneficial. It surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to work colleagues and friends. As mindfulness can support staff development improving relationships and communication and possibly reducing the number of staff suffering from stress reactions. I would also recommend it to friends that lead busy, stressful and hectic lifestyles and who need to reduce their cognitive load and relax.
It has made me a more thoughtful person, a better doctor, mum and wife
I am amazed that mindfulness is not yet mainstream. Its applications and principles cross every generation in dealing with the stressors of modern daily life. As a psychiatrist I can see its value with all service users I come across in my day to day practice. It should be as widely available through the NHS as antidepressants and therapy as a treatment option. Personally it has been one of the best things I have encountered. It has made me a more thoughtful person, a better doctor, mum and wife.