Mindfulness simply means to be aware of our own experience. When we notice what’s happening in the present moment and we do this on purpose, and without judgment, we are mindful. This can take many forms. Meditations can provide a way of noticing our own experience, along with mental check ins and noticing the environment we are in.
When we are mindful our brains can release serotonin. Serotonin is simply the feeling of contentment. When we suffer with anxiety or depression we tend to lack serotonin. Mindfulness can be a sustainable way of accessing serotonin.
I began my mindfulness journey when I was diagnosed with Endometriosis at 18 years old. This chronic health condition caused me to be in daily pain, and so I began to research effective pain therapy. Mindfulness is a recommended practice for long term physical health conditions and pain management. I began to meditate daily and soon realised the wider benefits of Mindfulness on mental health, pain management and better communication.
After working in mental health for a number of years an opportunity arose for me to complete the Mindfulness Teacher Training course at Mind in Salford, I jumped at the chance!
After 1 years training and 4 years mindfulness practice I began to teach to the general public through the NHS Manchester service. I go on regular silent retreats and recently spoke at the Mindful Living Show.
Mindfulness has opened up a whole new awareness and attitude for me and has helped me in every aspect of my life.
If you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to your local IAPT service. This is your local NHS mental health service that can provide you with free mental health care. This provision is for anyone and you do not need to contact
your GP first. Mental health services are constantly developing and learning about new approaches. The NHS has acknowledged the benefits of mindfulness and now provide it as a therapy for the general public.
Find me on mindfulness with Josie on Instagram. I will be beginning my private practice in September 2020. In the meantime look out for workshops I will deliver around Manchester! Josie x
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Massive thank you to Josie for sharing her story and experience. Please comment below if you have any questions for Josie or visit her Instagram.
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