A WORKSHOP that encourages you to slow down and think about emotions and your environment can help people cope with stress and anger.
Mental and community health provider Solent NHS Trust has devised workshops on a skill to help people consider their thoughts and environment, which in turn can be used to help alleviate stress.
Mindfulness is about trying to cultivate the mind to think about the presentCognitive behavioural therapist Clive Everist
Called mindfulness, the workshop aims to slow down people’s thoughts and actions in order to be more ‘mindful’ of what might be going on around them.
The workshop is run by cognitive behavioural therapist Clive Everist.
He said: ‘Mindfulness is about trying to cultivate the mind to think about the present.
‘All too often we’re thinking about what we have got planned for the day ahead, or we’re reflecting back on how the previous day went.
‘Mindfulness is about thinking about the present and what’s going on around us now.
‘The benefits are you can observe what’s going on around you with your body and mind and this can have a calming influence.
‘That can give you more choice on how you respond to different situations.’
During the two-hour session a number of activities are held. They include five minutes of self-awareness and of your environment and an exercise, another which involves the senses.
Mr Everist added: ‘One of the activities we do is with a raisin.
‘Everyone is encouraged to take time and touch and feel a raisin, to look at it and to connect with the senses.
‘Again it’s about slowing things down and being curious about the present. We do an exercise called mindful walking.
‘So here we get a person to slow down and think of all the processes and feelings involved in taking a step and actually moving forward.’
A workshop in September, which has 90 places, is already booked up, so a second session, which takes place on Wednesday, November 11, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, is being held.
It takes place at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth.
The workshops are run by the trust’s Talking Change project. Email firstname.lastname@example.org